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Our goal is to keep kids healthy and ready to learn! We offer a variety of snack programs during or after the school day. Read below about each type.
Smart Snacks in Schools (during the school day)
We are focused on the health of our school environment. Our school district has established nutrition standards for all snacks sold in school by any entity, including parent/student organizations, teachers, boosters, fundraisers, or the food and nutrition services department. These standards for snack sales are in effect from any time before school through 1/2 hour after school, in accordance with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the USDA and our district Wellness Policy. Non-compliant foods may be sold from 1/2 hour after school through the end of the day. These standards carefully balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating in school districts.
Kids often need snacks to help them get enough calories (energy) throughout the day. Choosing healthy snacks that add nutrients, like vitamins and minerals, to their diets is essential. Smart snacking is a great way to meet daily nutrient requirements that may be missed at meal times. Students in our district are offered healthier school meals with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. The Smart Snacks in School standards published by the USDA builds on those healthy advancements by ensuring that all other snack foods and beverages available for sale to students in school are tasty and nutritious.
Check a snack's nutritional compliance here!
Nutrition Standards for Smart Snack Foods
Any food sold in school 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:
- Snack items - Elementary Schools: ≤ 175 calories
- Snack items - Middle & High Schools: ≤ 200 calories
- Entrée items: ≤ 350 calories
- Snack items: ≤ 200 mg
- Entrée items: ≤ 480 mg
- Total fat: ≤ 35% of calories
- Saturated fat: ≤ 10% of calories
- Trans fat: zero grams
Sugar limit ≤ 35% of weight from total sugars in foods
Accompaniments such as cream cheese, salad dressing and butter must be included in the nutrient profile as part of the food item sold. This helps control the amount of calories, fat, sugar and sodium added to foods.
Nutrient Standards for Smart Snack 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 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 beverage with ≤ 40 calories per 8 fluid ounces, or ≤ 60 calories per 12 fluid ounces.
- Food items that meet nutrition standards are not limited
- The standards do not apply during non-school hours, on weekends and at off-campus fundraising events
- The standards provide a special exemption for infrequent fundraisers that do not meet the nutrition standards. Each State agency is responsible for establishing the number of exempt fundraisers that may be held in schools each year.
Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (during the school day)
Our district participates in the USDA Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP) at two elementary schools: Sky Oaks and Hidden Valley, for school year 2020-21. The FFVP program is a grant funded program that we apply for each year, for specific sites, based on their eligibility to participate. Funds are used to purchase, prepare and serve a fresh fruit or vegetable snack to students, during the school day, 2 or more days per week. The snack is a small sample for students to try and exposes them to foods they may have never experienced before.
Afterschool Snacks (after the school day)
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) offers reimbursement to help schools serve snacks to students in afterschool activities aimed at promoting the health and well being of children and youth in our communities. To participate, schools must provide students with regularly scheduled activities in an organized, structured and supervised environment; include educational or enrichment activities (e.g., mentoring or tutoring programs). Competitive interscholastic sports teams are not an eligible afterschool program. The programs must meet State/local licensing requirements, if available, or State/local health and safety standards. All programs that meet the eligibility requirements can participate in the NSLP and receive USDA reimbursement for afterschool snacks. Our district provides after school snacks at several, area eligible schools.
Super Snacks (after the school day)
The Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP) offers reimbursement to help schools serve more foods to students in afterschool activities aimed at promoting the health and well being of children and youth in our communities. To participate, schools must follow the same regulations and guidelines as the Afterschool Snack program. All programs that meet the eligibility requirements can participate in the CACFP and receive USDA reimbursement for afterschool snacks. Our district provides afterschool super snacks at several, area eligible schools.