The Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards support better health for our kids and echo the good work already taking place in schools across the country. The new standards preserve flexibility for time-honored traditions like fundraisers and bake sales, and provide ample transition time for schools. USDA is committed to working closely with students, parents, school stakeholders and the food and beverage industries to implement the new guidelines, and make the healthy choice the easy choice for America’s young people.
Highlights of the Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards include:
-- More of the foods we should encourage.
-- Less of the foods we should avoid.
-- Targeted beverage standards allowing variation by age group.
-- Flexibility for important traditions.
-- Ample time for implementation.
"Many parents are working hard every day to make sure they provide healthy, balanced meals and snacks to their kids. Unfortunately, we don’t always have control over the snacks our kids have access to when they’re away from home. That’s why, as a mom myself, I am so excited that schools will now be offering healthier choices to students and reinforcing the work we do at home to help our kids stay healthy."
-- First Lady Michelle Obama
- Interim Final Rule
-- Press Release
-- Proposed Rule Comprehensive Comment Summary and Analysis
-- Comments on the Interim Final Rule
Technical Assistance and Guidance Materials
- Letter from Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack and Secretary of Education Duncan (10/2013)
- Smart Snacks in School: USDA's "All Foods Sold in School" Standards
- Smart Snacks in School Infographic
- Interim Final Rule: Questions & Answers
- Summary of Standards
- Issue Briefs
-- Flexibility for Entrees Served as Part of National School Lunch and School Breakfast
-- Beverage Options
- TV Feature
- USDA's Smart Snacks in School Presentation
- USDA Blog: A Healthier Generation Through Smart Snacks in Schools