Smart Snacks in School
We are focused on the health of our school environment. The USDA and the state of North Carolina have established nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students on the school campus (or any extension of the school campus) during the instructional day. These standards during the day from 12:01am until 1/2 hour after the bell rings signaling the end of school, in accordance with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the USDA and our district Wellness Policy.
Fund-raising activities that involve the sale of foods and/or beverages to students may not occur from 12:01am until 1/2 hour after the dismissal bell. Tokens of exchange (or tickets) for food and/or beverages to be delivered later in the day are prohibited during this time period. Non-compliant foods and beverages may be sold from 1/2 hour after school dismissal through the end of the day. These standards carefully balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus.
Fund-raising activities for NON-FOOD OR BEVERAGE items are not prohibited at anytime during the school day if approved by the school administration.
Healthy Snack Calculators
Is Your Snack a Smart Snack? Use the Smart Snacks Product Calculator, developed by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, to take the guesswork out of nutrition guidelines! Simply enter the product information, answer a few questions, and determine whether your snack, side or entree item meets the new USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines.
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 will build on those healthy advancements by ensuring that all other snack foods and beverages available for sale to students in school are tasty and nutritious.
Nutrition Standards for Foods
Any food sold in school must:
Foods must also meet several nutrient requirements:
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 Beverages
All schools may sell:
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.
There are plenty of fun ways to liven up snack time using healthy fruits, vegetables and cheeses. Kids will love creating and eating fun-to-make snacks with you in the kitchen! Click on the image to the right to watch a video to learn about some fun and healthy snack ideas that you can make with your kids in the kitchen.
Snacking Tips for Parents
Two Simple Steps to Delicious and Nutritious Snacks
Visit MealsMatter.org for more snack ideas.