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Smart Snacks in School

Smart Snacks nutrition standards are now a federal law and implemented in all schools across the country. Smart Snacks will will apply to all foods sold to students outside of the school meals programs, including vending machines, a la carte, school stores, snack carts and fundraising.

Why are Smart Snacks Important? 

  • More than 1/4 of a kid's daily calories may come from snacks
  • Kids who have healthier eating patterns are more likely to perform better academically
  • During the school day, Smart Snacks are the healthy choice
  • A federal requirment for all foods sold outside the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program

To qualify as a Smart Snack, the food item must meet the following nutritional standards:

  • Grains must be 50 percent or more whole grains by weight; listed as the first ingredient on the nutrition label
  • The first ingredient is a fruit, vegetable, dairy or a protein item
  • A combination item, containing no less than ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable
  • Must meet nutritional standards for calories, sodium, sugars, and fats