6700P Procedure – District Guidelines and Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools
Nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold in schools starting at midnight prior to the start of the school day until thirty minutes past the end of the regularly scheduled school day are as follows.
Nutritional Standards for Food
Any food sold in schools must:
- Be a whole grain-rich grain product; or
- Have as the first ingredient a fruit , a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food; or
- Be a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable; or
- Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, Vitamin D, or dietary fiber).*
Foods must also meet the following nutrient requirements:
- Calorie Limits:
- Snack items: ≤ 200 calories
- Entrée items: ≤ 350 calories
- Sodium Limits:
- Snack items: ≤ 230 mg **
- Entrée items: ≤ 480 mg
- Fat Limits:
- Total fat: ≤ 35% of calories
- Saturated fat:< 10% of calories
- Trans Fat: zero grams
- Sugar limit:
- ≤ 35% of weight from total sugars in foods
Accompaniments such as cream cheese, salad dressing, and butter must be included in the nutrient profile as part of the food item sold.
- Any fundraiser that exchanges a food item for money, credit, or other benefit is governed by the nutritional standards outlined.
- The sale of food items that meet nutrition requirements at fundraisers are not limited in any way under the standards.
Nutritional Standards for Beverages
All Schools may sell:
- Plain water (with or without carbonation)
- Unflavored low fat milk (low fat milk will be defined as 1%)
- Unflavored or flavored fat-free milk and milk alternatives permitted by NSLP/SBP
- 100% fruit or vegetable juice
- 100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation) and no added sweeteners
Elementary schools may sell up to 8 ounce portions, while middle schools and high schools may sell up to 12 ounce portions, of juice and milk. There is no portion size limit for plain water.
Additional no calorie and lower calorie beverage options for high school students are:
- No more than 20 ounce portions of calorie-free, flavored water (with or without carbonation);
- Other flavored and/or carbonated beverages that are labeled to contain < 5 calories per 8 fluid ounces or ≤ 10 calories per 20 fluid ounces;
- No more than 12-ounce portions of beverages with ≤ 40 calories per 8 fluid ounces or ≤ 60 calories per 12 fluid ounces.
Application of Standards
These standards do not apply during non-school hours, after school events (with respect to the 30 minute after the end of school day requirement), on weekends, and at off-campus fundraising events.
There are no exceptions to these standards and guidelines at this time.
*On July1 2016, foods may not qualify using the 10% DV criteria.
**On July 1, 2016, snack items must contain ≤ 200 mg sodium per item.