New USDA "Smart Snacks in School" Policy
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act required the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold (i.e. competitive foods) to students outside of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program meals on the school campus during the school day.
These science-based nutrition standards promote a healthy school environment and apply to all foods sold to students anywhere on campus during the school day, such as:
- A la carte cafeteria sales
- School stores
- Snack bars
- Vending machines
The new USDA 'Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School' will affect fundraising of all food items sold on campus during the school day. Schools will be allowed to have fundraisers as long as the fundraisers adhere to the federal Competitive Rule (i.e. Smart Snacks) requirements. Food items that do not meet the Competitive Rule requirements must be sold outside of the school day. The following are additional examples of allowable fundraisers:
- Any non-food items
- Any food items sold during non-school hours
- Any food items not intended for consumption on the school campus during the school day (e.g. cookie dough to be prepared at home)
- Items sold to 'non' students
These standards do not apply to foods given away for free, such as for birthday parties or school celebrations.