USDA Smart Snacks in Schools Guidelines
As part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which set a deadline for the USDA to revamp its school snack standards (which hadn’t been revised for 30 years!), the Smart Snacks in School rules affect “competitive foods,” which are snacks sold in vending machines, a la carte lunch lines, fundraisers and in student stores. Many schools have had questions about what foods comply with these new guidelines. In order to answer some of your questions LiveWell Greenville has provided the following resources below.
Does LiveWell Have Resource for USDA Smart Snacks in Schools Guidelines?
LiveWell Greenville has designed this resource to assist schools in complying with the new guidelines set forth by the USDA, while continuing food-related fundraisers. This document contains helpful tips, including: how to read the ingredients and food labels in addition to understanding packaging and package sizes. Please note; this resource guide does not endorse any specific brand or food type. It is under your discretion to examine the nutrition information of each snack. Click the link below to access the guide.
Other Smart Snacks in Schools Resources:
Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Smart Snack Calculator is an interactive on-line tool that determines if a product meets the guidelines.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Smart Snacks Navigator is an extensive on-line list of products that meet the Smart Snack guidelines.
Please feel free to contact our At School Specialist for further assistance.