How Ready Are You For Smart Snacks In School? Starting July 1, USDA Rules Become Mandatory for Schools Across America

On July 1 THIS summer, USDA “Smart Snacks in School” rules become mandatory for the over 100,000 elementary, middle and high schools in the US that accept assistance from the National School Lunch Program.

That means you need to be ready to comply with set limits on calories, fat, sugar and sodium in all foods sold to students during school hours in vending machines, fundraisers and student stores. This is in addition to the school cafeteria, where Fresh Picks Café already has you covered. Part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Smart Snacks in School also requires schools to serve snacks with more dairy, whole grains, proteins, fruits and vegetables.

Your Fresh Picks Café district manager or corporate resources director will be in touch over the next few weeks to help you be ready for Smart Snacks in Schools by July 1. This includes information on nutrition standards, reporting guidelines, and tips on using the Smart Snacks Calculator and other USDA resources to ensure snacks are compliant. Visit the USDA website for more resources.

In nutrition, Fresh Picks Café is already head of the class.

Serving food that not only tastes good but also meet the highest nutritional standards has been a priority at Fresh Picks Café for decades. To our chefs, the rules are an added incentive to be even more creative with healthy, made-from-scratch snacks like fruit cups, parfaits, trail mixes, whole grain baked goods and flavored popcorn.

Says Fresh Picks Café Corporate Resources Director, Chris Faro: “Our healthy snack foods go hand-in-hand with our nutritionally-balanced school lunches and breakfast offerings. The Smart Snacks in Schools rules reinforces our philosophy that kids should be encouraged to eat healthy all the time—not just in the school cafeteria.”