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Smart Snacks in School

Smart Snacks in School Guidelines

The new USDA Snack Standards for schools, which is required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, now ensures students across the country receive nutritious & healthy foods during the school day.

USDA's Nutrition Standards for any food sold in schools must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a “whole grain-rich” grain product; or
  • Have the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food; or
  • Be a combination food that contains at least 1/4 cup of fruit and/or vegetable;
Besides the nutrition standards, snack foods in school must also meet the following nutrient requirements:
  • Snack Item Calorie Limit: ≤200 calories
  • Snack Item Sodium Limit: ≤200 mg.
  • Snack Item Fat Limit: ≤35% of calories
  • Snack Item Sugar Limit: ≤35% of weight from total sugars
Shop from our Smart Snack Lists below to ensure you're following the USDA regulations for all the snack foods sold in school.
Need additional smart snack items not listed above? Please contact our customer support team at (877) 922-7635 to speak with a specialist about purchasing additional smart snack items not listed online.

Is the snack you're serving USDA Smart Snack compliant? Use the Smart Snack Calculator below provided by Alliance for a Healthier Generation to be certain you're in compliance.