The new USDA 'Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School' will affect fundraising of all food & beverage items sold on campus during the school day. Schools will be allowed to have food fundraisers on campus during the school day as long as the fundraisers adhere to the USDA Smart Snacks requirements. Food & beverage items that do not meet the nutrition standards for Smart Snacks must be sold outside of the school day.
However, local policy offers flexibility for special exemptions for the purpose of conducting infrequent-school sponsored fundraisers in which foods that do not meet the nutrition standards may be sold. Each school campus is allowed up to a maximum of 6 exempt fundraising days per school year, however local policies must be adhered to during these exempt days (see Local Wellness Policy/Wellness Plan).
No food of any type may be sold to students anywhere on campus during a meal service period in which reimbursable meals are sold or consumed - even on exempt days.
The following are additional examples of allowable fundraisers:
These standards do not apply to foods given away for free, such as for birthday parties or school celebrations.