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posted Mar 1, 2015, 8:46 PM by Web Support   [ updated Jul 20, 2015, 8:44 AM ]
Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards are being implemented during the 2014-2015 school year. Here are a few things parents need to know.

What are Smart Snacks?
Last summer, the USDA published practical, science-based nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day. These nutrition standards are called Smart Snacks in School and will make healthier foods and beverages available to students.
Why are Smart Snacks important?
Healthy, well-nourished students are better learners! Students who consume healthier foods and beverages are more likely to get the nutrients they need to learn, play and grow. Having healthier foods and beverages available contributes to the overall health and well-being of youth.

What are the Smart Snacks standards for food?
Students will be able to buy snacks that meet common-sense standards for fat, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium - while promoting products that have whole grains, low fat dairy, fruits, vegetables or protein foods as their main ingredients, which include:
  • Be a whole grain rich product; or
  • Have as the first ingredient a fruit, vegetable, dairy product or protein food; or
  • Be a “combination food” with at least ¼ cup fruit and/or vegetable; or
  • Contain 10% of the Daily Value of one nutrient of public health concern (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, dietary fiber)
What do parents need to know?
  1. Smart Snacks will apply to all foods and beverages sold to students outside of the school meals programs - including vending machines, a la carte, and in-school fundraising.
  2. Smart Snacks will be in effect all school day - including before school and 30 minutes after the end of the school day - across the whole school campus.
  3. Smart Snacks will not apply to foods that are sent from home, such as a bagged lunch. In addition, the standards do not apply to classroom celebrations, evening extra curricular activities, weekend or community events.
What will the changes look like?
Per these guidelines, the St. Clair School District will no longer offer a snack bar at the Junior High and High School. However, students will still be able to purchase healthy a la carte items through the lunch line, using their lunch card only for all purchases.

Examples of healthy a la carte items include (but not limited to): salads, baked chips, fruit cups, parfaits, and plain water. We will continue to search for new items that will meet the Smart Snacks guidelines.