Resource | Policy Memos | SP01-2015
Collaboration with SFAs in Conducting Administrative Reviews and Assessing Compliance with Smart Snacks in Schools

FNS recently released updates to the Administrative Review Manual and related tools and forms for School Year (SY) 2014-2015. FNS will also issue necessary updates to the Coordinated Review Effort (CRE) Procedures Manual, forms, and instructions, for those states opting to continue with the CRE process in SY 2014-2015.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP63-2014
Smart Snacks Standards for Exempt Foods when Paired Together

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) directed the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students on the school campus during the school day. On June 28, 2013, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the “Smart Snacks in School” (Smart Snacks) regulation that carefully balances science-based nutrition standards with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus. The Smart Snacks standards became effective July 1, 2014 and are codified at 7 CFR 210.11. The purpose of this memo is to clarify Smart Snacks standards for exempt foods that are paired together as a single snack.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP53-2014
Transition of Foods and Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value to Smart Snacks in School Standards

This memorandum is to inform you that all Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value exemptions will end on June 30, 2014. Therefore, the attached list, Exemptions Under the Competitive Foods Regulation will become obsolete on July 1, 2014. Beginning July, 1, 2014, the interim final rule for Smart Snacks in School (Smart Snacks) will go into effect for School Year 2014-2015. Therefore, any competitive foods and beverages must meet the nutrition standards specified in the interim final rule.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP40-2014
Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards and Culinary Education Programs

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”.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP36-2014
Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards and Exempt Fundraisers

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance regarding State agency responsibilities to establish limitations on the frequency of specially exempted fundraisers in schools. Section 10 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 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 nutrition standards set forth in the interim final rule titled “National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.”

Resource | Policy Memos | SP35-2014
Grain Entrees Related to the Smart Snacks in School Standards

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify the status of grain-only items as entrées under the Interim Final Rule titled “National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP): Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” also known as the Smart Snacks in School rule.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP23-2014v3
Q&As Related to the “Smart Snacks” Interim Final Rule

This is the third in a series of Questions and Answers related to the interim final rule titled, “National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010”.

Resource | FAQs/Q&As
NSLP Afterschool Snack Service - FAQs

The National School Lunch Program Afterschool Snack Service is a federally-assisted snack service that provides cash reimbursement to encourage or assist schools in serving snacks to children after the regular school day. The afterschool snack component of the NSLP helps children fully engage in afterschool programming by filling the hunger gap many children face in the afternoon and early evening. Children participating in an approved afterschool care program age 18 and under, and participating children who turn 19 during the school year, are eligible to receive reimbursable snacks through the NSLP.

Resource | Infographics
Smart Snacks in School Infographic

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools — beyond the federally supported meals programs. This new rule carefully balances science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus.

Resource | Info Sheets
Smart Snacks in School: Fundraisers

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 directed the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students in school during the school day, including foods sold through school fundraisers. The new Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards will help schools to make the healthy choice the easy choice by offering students more of the foods and beverages we should be encouraging – whole grains, fruits and vegetables, leaner protein, lower-fat dairy – while limiting foods with too much sugar, fat and salt.