Smart Snacks

Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards are now required by all schools that participate in federally funded National School Lunch Program. This Web page contains important information about Smart Snacks.

For more information, please contact Gwyneth Jones, Director of Dining Services, via e-mail at [email protected] or telephone at 215-723-6061 extension 10213.

Important Information / Frequently Asked Questions:

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On July 1, 2014 USDA implemented practical, science-based nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day from 12:00 midnight through the day until 30 minutes after the close of the school day. These nutrition standards are called Smart Snacks. These standards will make healthier food and beverages available to students during the school day.

Research has shown that healthy, well-nourished students are better learners! Students who consume healthier foods and beverages are more likely to get the nutrients they need to learn, play, and grow which contributes to their overall better health and well-being.

  1. Smart Snacks will be in effect all school day on the entire school campus-including before school and 30 minutes after the end of the official school day.

  2. Smart Snacks apply to all food and beverages sold to students outside of the meal programs, including a la carte, school stores, snack carts, vending machines, and in-school fundraising.

  3. Smart Snacks will not apply to foods being sent from home, such as a bagged lunch.

  4. While Smart Snacks rules do not apply to classroom parties and celebrations, these events are covered under the SASD Wellness Policy.

  5. Smart Snacks do not apply to evening, weekend, or community events.

Students will be able to purchase snacks the meet the standards for fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium while promoting products that have the whole grains, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables, or protein foods as their main ingredients. The standards are as follows:
  1. Be a whole grain rich product; or

  2. Have as the first ingredient a fruit, vegetable, dairy product or protein food; or

  3. Be a "combination food" with at least 1/4 cup fruit or vegetable; or

  4. Contain 10% of the Daily Value of one nutrient or public health concern(calcium, potassium, vitamin D, dietary fiber.

Plain Water, milk, 100%juice may be sold, in varying sizes, at all grade levels. Additional no-calorie, and low calorie beverage choices may be sold to students in the high school.

  1. Alliance Product Calculator:
    Simply enter the product information, answer a few questions, and determine whether your beverage, snack, side, or entree item meets the Smart Snack Guidelines. Print the approval page for your records and attach the empty package.

  2. Complete the SASD Fundraiser Approval form and submit along with the approval from the Alliance Product Calculator.

  3. Submit the completed form to the building principal for approval.

  4. Final approval for any building exemptions will be only granted by the Supervisor for Food Services.

  5. KEEP Your Records: Each group selling snacks to students is responsible to maintain their own beverage and food records. The records will be reviewed as part of the PDE Administrative Review Process of the National School Lunch Program. Records to be kept include receipts, nutrient fact labels, and the printout from the Smart Snack Calculator stating the approval.