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Smart Snacks in School Standards & Approved Products

Smart Snacks in School Standards & Approved Products

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USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting junk food. See products below that Custom Resources Fundraising offers that meet the new standards:





Jack Links Beef Jerky Bags




Smart Stix



Flavored Peanuts













Nutrition Standards for Foods

Any food sold in schools must:

Be a “whole grain-rich” grain product; or have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food; or be a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable; or contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber).*

Foods must also meet several nutrient requirements:

See the chart on the left for all other nutrient requirements. 

Sugar limit:

≤ 35% of weight from total sugars in foods
On July 1, 2016, foods may not qualify using the 10% DV criteria.
On July 1, 2016, snack items must contain ≤ 200 mg sodium per item 

Calorie Limits  
Snack items: < 200 calories
Entree items: < 350 calories
Sodium Limits  
Snack items: < 230 mg**
Entree items: < 480 mg
Fat Limits  
Total fat: < 35% of calories
Saturated fat: < 10% of calories
Trans fat: zero grams















Nutrition Standards for Beverages

All schools may sell:

Plain water (with or without carbonation)
Unflavored low fat milk
Unflavored or flavored fat free milk and milk alternatives permitted by NSLP/SBP
100% fruit or vegetable juice and
100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation), and no added sweeteners.  

Elementary schools may sell up to 8-ounce portions, while middle schools and high schools may sell up to 12-ounce portions of milk and juice. There is no portion size limit for plain water.  

Beyond this, the standards allow additional “no calorie” and “lower calorie” beverage options for high school students

No more than 20-ounce portions of Calorie-free, flavored water (with or without carbonation); and other flavored and/or carbonated beverages that are labeled to contain < 5 calories per 8 fluid ounces or ≤ 10 calories per 20 fluid ounces.
No more than 12-ounce portions of beverages with ≤ 40 calories per 8 fluid ounces, or ≤ 60 calories per 12 fluid ounces.

Other Requirements & Exemptions

The sale of food items that meet nutrition requirements at fundraisers are not limited in any way under the standards.The standards do not apply during non-school hours, on weekends and at off-campus fundraising events.

You can still sell in-hand food products as long as your State agency approves the infrequent fundraiser!

The standards provide a special exemption for infrequent fundraisers that do not meet the nutrition standards. State agencies may determine the frequency with which fundraising activities take place that allow the sale of food and beverage items that do not meet the nutrition standards.

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