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Child Nutrition Programs

Smart Snacks in School

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.


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