Smart Snacks

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.

USDA understands that fundraisers are time-honored traditions that support local school activities, including class trips, athletic programs, and the purchase of school supplies. Under the "Smart Snacks in School" nutrition standards, USDA has sought to balance the needs of schools to conduct occasional fundraisers, while still ensuring that students have access to healthier foods and beverages during the school day.