Nutrition Standards for Competitive Food and Beverages in Public Schools – Snacks
We are focused on the health of our school environment. Our school district has established nutrition standards for all snacks sold in school by any entity, including parent/student organizations, teachers, boosters, fundraisers, or the food and nutrition services department. These standards for snack sales are in effect from any time before school through 1/2 hour after school, in accordance with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the USDA and our district Wellness Policy. Non-compliant foods may be sold from 1/2 hour after school through the end of the day. These standards carefully balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus. Below is a ‘snap shot’ of the Massachusetts and Smart Snacks’ standards involving fats and sugar. To learn more visit the the School Nutrition Standards section of the Mass.Gov – Health and Human Services website.
Nutrition Standards for Foods
Any food sold in school must:
Foods must also meet several nutrient requirements:
Sugar limit ≤ 35% of weight from total sugars in foods
Accompaniments such as cream cheese, salad dressing and butter must be included in the nutrient profile as part of the food item sold. This helps control the amount of calories, fat, sugar and sodium added to foods.
Nutrient Standards for Beverages
All schools may sell:
Portion size limits for all schools and grade levels may sell up to 8-ounce portions. There is no portion size limit for plain water.
Massachusetts does not allow any other ‘no calorie’ or ‘lower calorie’ beverage options for high school students.