U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Smart Snack Rules
Policy 6:50 - E2 Exhibit - Attachment B
The USDA established competitive food standards impact all food and beverages sold to students, the school campus, during the school day.
Competitive food is defined as all food and beverages that are offered by any person, organization, or entity for sale to students on the school campus, during the school day, other than meal reimbursed under by programs authorized by federal law.
Competitive food standards are defined as the nutrition standards for competitive food as established by the U.S Department of Agriculture.
School day is defined as the period of time from midnight before the start of the official school day until thirty (30) minutes after the end of the official school day.
Any food served 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
Foods must also meet several nutrient requirements:
- Snack items: ≤ 200 calories
- Entrée items: ≤ 350 calories
- Snack items: ≤ 200 mg
- Entrée items: ≤ 480 mg
- Total fat: ≤35% of calorie
- Saturated fat: < 10% of calories
- Trans fat: zero grams
- ≤ 35% of weight from total sugars in foods
- Plain water: no size limit
- Low fat milk (unflavored or flavored): ≤ 8 ounces for elementary; ≤12 ounces for middle school
To determine if a food or beverage meets these qualifications, you can use The Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snack Calculator found at the following website: (Smart Snack Calculator) (free site to use after creating a login)
DATED: June 10, 2019