Smart Snacks in School
Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards are here! Implementation will begin the 2014-2015 school year. Here are a few things you need to know.
What are Smart Snacks?
Last summer, the USDA published practical, science-based nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day. These nutrition standards are called Smart Snacks in School and include before school and 30 minutes after the school day. The standards will make healthier foods and beverages available to students.
Why are Smart Snacks Important?
Healthy, well-nourished students are better learners! Students who consume healthier foods and beverages are more likely to get the nutrients they need to learn, play and grow. Having healthier foods and beverages available contributes to the overall health and well-being of youth.
What do I need to know?
Smart Snacks will apply to all foods and beverages sold to students outside of the school meal programs – including vending machines, a-la-carte, school stores, snack carts and in-school fundraising.
- Smart Snacks will be in effect all school day (before school to 30 minutes after the end of the school day) across the whole school campus.
- Smart Snacks will not apply to a sack lunch brought from home, classroom celebrations and during evening, weekend or community events.
What will the changes look like?
Cookies, candy, chips, donuts and soda will be replaced with items like nuts or seeds, popcorn, baked chips, fruit cups and plain water.
Our district has been working diligently to implement Smart Snacks, and we are ready to embrace the change!