On July 1, 2014, the USDA amendment to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 goes into effect.
This change might effect some fundraising activities your PTA has planned. Per the law:all food sold outside of the school meal programs, on the school campus, and at any time during the school day, must meet the nutrition standards set forth in the interim final rule titled “National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,”…also known as the “Smart Snacks” rule.
The Smart Snacks standards are applicable during the school day, which is defined as the midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the instructional day. If such programs are operated in the school during the school day, or if afterschool snacks or meals are provided within the 30 minute window after the end of the instructional day, any other food available for sale to students at that time must comply with the Smart Snacks requirements.
What is defined as a Smart Snack:
- Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, combination products, fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products, lactose-free and soy beverages, per portion as packaged: ?200 calories; ?35% of total calories from fat; <10% of calories from saturated fats; Zero trans fat (? 0.5 g per serving); ?35% of calories from total sugars; and ?200 mg sodium.
Examples of items that do not meet the standards are:
- Potato chips or pretzels that have too much sugar or salt, cheese crackers that have too much fat or sodium, breakfast or granola bars that have too much fat or sugar, ice cream products that have too much fat or sugar, cake, cupcakes, or cookies with too much sugar or salt, fortified sports drinks or fortified water, gum, licorice, or candy, fruitsmoothies with added sugar, regular colas or sodas with sugar or caffeine
The Standards do not address foods or beverages that individual students bring from home. They do NOT (edited, see comment below) apply to snacks and drinks brought in for an entire classroom of students, such as for class parties, birthday celebrations, or similar events.
Are there exemptions: Yes
- the standards do not apply to items not consumable during the school day i.e. cookie dough, frozen food sales
- State approved exemptions for school-sponsored fundraisers
Please note, PTA fully supports strong nutritional standards in our schools. This information is provided as a “What You Need to Know” so that our unit leaders can make informed choices when making plans for events and fundraisers that may be affected by the Smart Snack Rule.