In California, the Federal rules must be combined with existing California legislation to create what is known as the California Nutrition Standards. These standards apply to all foods and beverages sold in schools. As of July 1, 2016, there were changes made to the competitive food requirements pertaining to the general nutrition standards and sodium restrictions. KHSD is currently in the process of revising the board-approved Smart Snacks list to reflect these changes.
If you have a question on whether or not the food or beverage item you are interested in selling is compliant, please use the California Project Lean Calculator: http://www.californiaprojectlean.org/doc.asp?id=180&parentid=95
If your item is compliant, please submit a request to the Business Department for approval.
Why are Smart Snack Nutrition Standards Important?
Nearly one third of kids in America are at risk for chronic diseases that are preventable, such as diabetes and heart disease, due to being overweight or obese. If left unaddressed, health experts say that this generation may be the first to live shorter lives than their parents. A healthy, well-balanced diet plays an important role in the prevention of these diseases; therefore, it is critical for all students to have access to healthy school meals full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy, based on scientific recommendations for nutrition. With many students consuming at least one snack food during the school day, it is also important that items offered a la carte and in vending machines fit within nutritional guidelines to help reinforce the message of an overall healthy diet.
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