Smart Snacks

  • Competitive Food Regulations at a Glance

    • Food and beverage requirements must meet general standard and specific nutrient standards
    • Provides exemptions to nutrient standards for specific foods
    • Applies to all food and beverages sold on campus during the school day and accessible to students
    • The school day is defined as the period from the midnight before to 30 minutes after the last bell
    • Does not apply to food and beverages sold 30 minutes after the last bell or on weekends
    • Applies to all grade levels
    • Nutrition standards are minimum standards


    Required Compliance Measures

    SNP Responsibilities:

    • SNP will provide mandatory training for all current and potential vendors
    • SNP will provide a list of approved ice cream products at the start of each school year
    • SNP will communicate to all vendors and/or local schools of all available resources to implement the new guidelines

    Mandatory Vendor Responsibilities:

    • All vendors must review a mandatory Smart Snack Vendor power point presentation in order to do business with GCPS
    • Vendors must certify commitment to serve and provide only approved items by completing the Smart Snack Compliance Form included in the Smart Snack Vendor power point presentation
    • Vendors who fail to certify compliance will be prohibited from doing business with GCPS


    Local School Responsibilities:

    • Local schools are responsible for ensuring all products sold during the school day meet Smart Snack Guidelines
    • Local schools are responsible for maintaining records on all competitive foods and beverages sold by their program(s)
    • Local schools will ensure that exempted items are sold only during allotted time frames



    Submission of Product Labels & Calculator Approval Sheets can be submitted to Taylor Blake for review.
    (678) 301-6238

    General Questions About Smart Snacks
    (678) 301-6238

    USDA Guidelines

    The Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards support better health for our kids and echo the good work already taking place in schools across the country. The new standards preserve flexibility for time-honored traditions like fundraisers and bake sales, and provide ample transition time for schools. USDA is committed to working closely with students, parents, school stakeholders and the food and beverage industries to implement the new guidelines, and make the healthy choice the easy choice for America’s young people.


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