Child Nutrition : Food Items at School

New USDA “Smart Snacks” policy – Effective July 1, 2014

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act required the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students outside of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program meals on the school campus during the school day.

USDA’s interim final rule "Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School,” is effective July 1, 2014.  These science-based nutrition standards promote a healthy school environment and apply to all foods sold, such as:
  • A la carte cafeteria sales
  • School stores
  • Snack bars
  • Vending machines
  • Fundraisers

The Texas Department of Agriculture has created and collected resources to aid schools in providing healthy snack options for all Texas students.

Food Items At Northside Schools

Child Nutrition Services has had a long history of creating a “Nutritious Environment” for student learning. In fact, our Menus meet or exceed Local, State and Federal Rules and Regulations. Child Nutrition Services has made notable efforts in the area of “Snacks and A La Carte Lines”. In recent years, our program has restructured “All Serving Lines” to have fresh fruits and vegetables available to all students. Our efforts put more focus on a complete meal and less focus on large variety of “Snacks and A La Cart Offerings”. Students today are eating healthier than ever before. Our limited snack offerings meet Local, State and Federal Smart Snacks criteria. Please take the time and effort to research the New USDA Smart Snacks. Northside has updated Local Policies for all foods served or made available at school. These policies address Time, Place and Selling of foods to students during the school day.

Compliance Steps For Selling Foods (Middle & High Schools)

Note: Elementary Schools may not sell food items during the school day.

  1. Does your food item meet the Competitive Rule Requirements?
  2. Use the Smart Snacks Product Calculator.
  3. Verify, print and save calculator results for your records to ensure compliance.

Note: A campus may have more restrictive snack policies, but may not be less restrictive than local, state, and federal policies.

More information is available at the USDA website.