Smart Snacks Resources

Prepare For Smart Snacks!

SNA is committed to supporting and assisting members with resources to better understand and implement the Smart Snacks Rule. As a school nutrition professional, you are the expert in child nutrition within your community. Familiarize yourself with these tools to make Smart Snacks a success within your district.

USDA FNS - Smart Snacks in School
Review the Competitive Foods Interim Final Rule, comments to the rule, a summary of the standards, press releases, as well as technical assistance and guidance materials.

SNA and Alliance for A Healthier Generation Smart Snacks Resource
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the School Nutrition Association worked together to launch a series of tools to make Smart Snacks a success in your school district.

We recognize that implementing the new USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines for a la carte items, vending machines, snack carts, school stores and in-school fundraisers, will take a collective effort, involving numerous staff across the school building.

This online resource contains:

  • A step-by-step guide to get started
  • Plug-and-play presentations to educate different audiences
  • Taste testing tools to engage students
  • Sample newsletters to spread the word with parents and community members
  • Cafeteria staff training materials

State Fundraising Exemption
The Interim Final Rule does allow each state to set a separate policy that can allow for the infrequent school-sponsored fundraisers that do not meet the nutrition standards. If a state does not set a policy, it defaults to zero exemptions which means that all fundraisers during the school day must meet the Smart Snacks Standards.

SNA prepared a report on the states’ policies including the number of exemptions and policies governing the length and time of each fundraiser. Download the Smart Snacks Fundraising Exemption report.

John C. Stalker Institute A-List of Vending and Snack Products
The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition (JSI) supports healthy students and schools in Massachusetts with The A-List, an up-to-date and ever-expanding list of vending and snack products that meet the Massachusetts Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools. These mandatory standards became effective August 1, 2012.

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