If you haven’t stepped inside a school cafeteria in the last two years, you may be surprised at what you see. Sloppy joes and pizza have been replaced with more nutritious options that include more fruits, veggies, and whole grains and feature sensible limits on calories, unhealthy fats, and salt. This is due to the groundbreaking Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 which set nutrition and health standards for school food.
But lunch isn't the only place students can access food in school. New standards on foods and drinks sold through vending machines, a la carte lines, school stores, and fundraisers will take effect this year.
USDA is calling the guidelines Smart Snacks. Check out this infographic from the USDA to get a better idea of what the snacks will look like.
For more information on Smart Snacks, and to learn how you can support the program, visit CSPI’s School Nutrition page.