How? Child nutrition experts weighed in on federal legislation called the Healthy, and Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and a decision was made to make additional mandates.
Why? The rules are designed to support a school environment that promotes sound nutrition and student health.
What? All foods and beverages sold or provided on school grounds must meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. Please note, there is an exception for special education students on an Individualized Education Program; this also would not apply to students with certain medical conditions who are on Individualized Health Plans. As of June 30, 2017 all school districts in the United States are to be in full compliance with the new rules.
What does this mean for parents and guardians?
- Foods and beverages that students bring to school to share with their classmates must meet the nutrition standards.
- Foods and beverages will not be given out as rewards (unless as excluded above).
- Foods and beverages brought to school solely for your child’s personal consumption for snack or lunch are excluded from the nutrition standards.
What’s wrong with cupcakes? Treats are okay on occasion; everything can fit into a healthy diet when consumed in moderation. However, food brought to school by your child to share with other students must meet the Smart Snacks nutrition standards. Click here for a list of healthy snack ideas.
We appreciate your participation in helping to implement healthy changes in our schools! If you would like to be a part of the district wellness committee please contact Julia Lines, email@example.com.