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SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE UPDATE TO PARENTS
What is new for 2014-15?
Smart Snacks in Schools are Federal standards published by the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) 
that went into effect July 1, 2014. The standards are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
 
What does this mean?
Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, any foods sold to students on a school’s campus during the 
school day must meet certain nutritional standards. Food not meeting those nutritional standards cannot 
be sold on campus during the school day. Standards apply to foods sold in lunchrooms, canteens, 
vending machines, car lines, etc. – anything intended to be consumed on campus during the school day. 
[Note: District policy regarding sales to elementary students has not changed. Policy prohibits the sale of 
non-cafeteria foods to elementary students on campus during the instructional day.]

What are the standards?
Any food sold in schools must meet any of the following: be a whole grain rich product; have a fruit, 
vegetable, dairy product, or a protein as the first ingredient; be a combination of food that contains at least 
¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetables; or must contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) or one of the nutrients of 
public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or 
dietary fiber). There are also calorie, sodium, fat and sugar limits. The standards place no limits on foods 
meeting the nutritional requirements.

When do the standards apply?
Standards apply before the start of the school day and last until 30 minutes after the official end of the 
school day. The standards do not apply during non-school hours, on weekends, or at off-campus events. 

Where do the standards apply?
Standards apply anywhere on the school campus that are accessible to students during school day. 
 
How does this affect fundraisers?
Foods sold as part of fundraisers, if intended to be consumed on campus, must meet the nutritional 
requirements. An example of this is a club selling pizza slices during lunch. [Note: There are also food 
temperature and food safety guidelines that on-campus fundraisers should adhere to, even if meeting 
nutritional guidelines.] Foods sold as part of fundraisers that are not intended to be consumed on campus, 
such as frozen cookie dough, are not required to meet nutritional standards. Concessions at athletic 
events are not required to meet nutritional standards since these events are held during non-school hours.

Does this affect food brought from home?
The standards address only food sold in schools. There are no limitations on food brought from home for 
individual consumption. There are also no nutritional requirements on food provided for class parties or 
snacks; however, the District requests that parents be mindful of nutritional guidelines when providing 
these items.

Additional information can be found on the District website