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Smart Snacks in Schools

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    As a part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 passed by the U.S. Congress, nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools were established to promote a healthy school environment. These requirements went into effect July 1, 2014. An increasing body of research tells us that giving school children healthy food options at school will help them make healthier choices and can reduce their risk for obesity. 

     

    The law specifies that the nutrition standards shall apply to all food sold outside the school meal programs, on the school campus, and at any time from the midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day.  The Smart Snacks standards apply to a la carte in the cafeteria, school stores, snack bars, vending machines, fundraising, and other venues where food is sold to students during the school day.  

     

    Individual schools must maintain records of products sold to students during the school day to show that these products meet Smart Snacks standards.  These records would include receipts, nutrition labels, specifications and any other proof that the food or beverage meets the standards.  In Kansas, each school organization recognized by the Board of Education may conduct one fundraiser per semester (with each fundraiser lasting no longer than two days) that does not meet the Smart Snacks standards.  Receipts, nutrition labels, etc. are not required for these foods and beverages, but each school must maintain records that document when, where, and what was sold in the exempt fundraisers held at that site.

     

    For a tool that can be used to determine if a product meets nutrition standards and can be served in school, go to: Alliance for a Healthier Generation Product Calculator

     

    For more information on Smart Snacks, check out the following links.

    USDA Smart Snacks Guide

    USDA Smart Snacks in School Fact Sheet

    USDA Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School 

    USDA Smart Snack Resources

    KSDE Resources on Smart Snacks in Schools

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