Beginning in July 2014, school districts nationwide were tasked with implementing the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) nutritional guidelines for snacks and beverages that could be sold during the school day. The new ruling, Smart Snacks in School as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, put nutrition standards in place for all foods and beverages sold outside of the school meals program to include items sold as a la carte, as fundraising and in school stores/vending machines. The nutrition standards established reasonable portion sizes and set limits on calories, salt, sugar, and fat in foods and beverages while promoting whole grain rich foods, low fat dairy, fruit and vegetables and lean protein sources.
16C-42W Healthy Vending Services
The School Food Service Department has been working with vendors and manufacturers to ensure all snacks and beverages sold through the cafeteria are in compliance with the Smart Snacks in School guidelines. In addition, district bids and contracts were updated to align the language with the nutrition standards to include the Healthy Vending Services. The Nutrition Services Team is responsible for approving the beverages and snacks submitted by the vendors and maintaining the approved lists. The current list of approved snacks and beverages for vending can be found below.