California “Smart Snacks” Nutrition Standards
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required the US Department of Agriculture to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools. The new Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards became effective July 1, 2014. This guidance provides updated nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold on school campuses, to students during the school day, outside of the school meals programs. In California, these federal standards are combined with existing California law regarding competitive food sales on school campuses. This includes foods and beverages sold a la carte in school cafeterias, in school stores, at snack bars, through fundraising, from vending machines, and any other venues that sell food to students. The intent of the legislation is to increase the consumption of healthy foods during the school day and create an environment that reinforces the development of healthy eating habits.
The Smart Snacks standards do not apply to: (1) items sold more than 30 minutes after school ends, on weekends, or off and away from school grounds; or (2) foods brought from home for personal consumption. Additional information about Smart Snacks in Schools is available below.
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