•  Smart Snacks

    Smart Snacks in Schools

    The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 directed the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students in school. The nutrition standards developed are called Smart Snacks in School. The Smart Snacks in School regulations applies to foods sold a la carte in the cafeteria, in the school store, in vending machines, and as fundraisers during the school day.

    The new Smart Snacks in School will help schools to make the healthy choice the easy choice for students by offering them more of the foods and beverages we should be encouraging – whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, leaner protein, lower-fat dairy – while limiting foods with too much sugar, fat, and salt.

    USDA understands that fundraisers are time-honored traditions that support local school activities, including class trips, athletic programs and the purchase of school supplies. USDA has sought to balance the needs of schools to conduct occasional fundraisers, while still ensuring that students have access to healthier foods and beverages during the school day.

    A number of tools and resources are available to help schools identify food items that meet Smart Snacks criteria. See the resources on the upper right for information about the Smart Snacks requirement, helpful tools, and ways to encourage children to make healthier snack choices that give them the nutrition they need to grow and learn.