Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards and Culinary Education Programs

Last Published: 04/25/2014

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance regarding the treatment of culinary education programs that operate in schools participating in the federal school meal programs. Section 10 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (CNA), 42 USC 1779, as amended by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), requires that all food sold outside of the school meal programs, on the school campus and at any time during the school day must meet the Smart Snacks nutrition standards set forth in the interim final rule titled “National School Lunch Program (NLSP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP): Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as required by the HHFKA of 2010”. This interim final rule was published on June 28, 2013 and is effective on July 1, 2014. As the Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to move forward with implementation of Smart Snacks, State agencies are reminded to advise their respective schools that these standards will take effect this coming school year.

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