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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

School Snack Requirements

We understand that parents have many concerns regarding school meals and snacks. The guidelines that we follow are handed down by the USDA. We are sharing this school snack information sheet with you to help you better understand the guidelines that we are being asked to follow.

USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting junk food. Smart Snacks in School also support efforts by school food service staff, school administrators, teachers, parents and the school community, all working hard to instill healthy habits in students.

   Nutrition Standards for Foods

Any food sold in schools must:
      Be a “whole grain-rich” grain product; or
      Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food; or
      Be a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable; or
      Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of one of
the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber).*
            Foods must also meet several nutrient requirements:
      Calorie limits:
°        Snack items: 200 calories
°        Entrée items: 350 calories                                                                                                   
      Sodium limits:
°        Snack items: 230 mg**
°        Entrée items: 480 mg
      Fat limits:
°        Total fat: ≤35% of calories
°        Saturated fat: < 10% of calories
°        Trans fat: zero grams
      Sugar limit:
°        35% of weight from total sugars in foods

          Nutrition Standards for Beverages

            All schools may sell:
      Plain water (with or without carbonation)
      Unflavored low fat milk,unflavored or flavored fat free milk and milk alternatives permitted by NSLP/SBP
      100% fruit or vegetable juice and
      100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation), and no added sweeteners.
            Elementary schools may sell up to 8-ounce portions, while middle schools and high schools may sell up to 12-ounce portions of milk and juice. There is no portion size limit for plain water.
            Beyond this, the standards allow additional “no calorie” and “lower calorie” beverage options for high school students.
      No more than 20-ounce portions of
      Calorie-free, flavored water (with or without carbonation); and
      Other flavored and/or carbonated beverages that are labeled to contain < 5 calories per 8 fluid ounces or 10 calories per 20 fluid ounces.
      No more than 12-ounce portions of
      Beverages with 40 calories per 8 fluid ounces, or 60 calories per 12 fluid ounces.

Other Requirements

      The sale of food items that meet nutrition requirements at fundraisers are not limited in any way under the
      The standards do not apply during non-school hours,