Smart Snack Nutrition Standards
On April 22, 2014, the Federal USDA released new nutritional standards for all snacks sold in schools effective July 1, 2014.  Click here to see an overview of the new standards.


Smart Snack nutrition standards 



Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, required rules that affect “competitive foods” sold in schools. These snacks and beverages, purchased outside of the regular USDA reimbursable meals, “compete” nutritionally with regulated school meals.


The Smart Snack nutrition standards apply to:

  • All grade levels and school sites
  • All areas of each school’s property, under the jurisdiction of the school, that are accessible to students. The rules are in effect from midnight, until 30 minutes after school dismissal.
  • All foods sold, regardless of program, fund, or activity, including USDA a la carte programs, vending machines, student stores, culinary arts, PTA, ASB, periodic fund raisers and special events

There are no waivers or exceptions for fund raisers in Washington State. 


The Smart Snack nutrition standards do not apply to:

  • Activities and fundraisers held 30 minutes after school is dismissed through midnight.
  • Events held off school property
  • Food given away free of charge


Next Steps


We are in the process of gathering resources as they become available. The first step should be to reduce/eliminate any non-compliant inventory per OSPI’s recommendation below:


OSPI recommendation May 19, 2014:


“…Smart Snacks in Schools standards are effective July 1, 2014.  Therefore, you may have inventory on hand that will not meet meal pattern requirements or the Smart Snack standards. Check for:

  • Grain items that are not whole grain rich - all grain items offered in the NSLP/SBP  must be whole grain rich beginning July 1, 2014
  • Higher sodium items - sodium target #1 for NSLP/SBP is effective July 1, 2014
  • A la Carte foods and beverages that do not meet the Smart Snacks standards - check items using the Smart Snacks Calculator



Please help share this information and resource list with our PTA, student ASB officers, student stores and clubs. The food industry and our central Kitchen is working on developing new products that will meet these standards.  We recognize this is a significant change that will challenge our creativity as we work through this transition.


Additional Resources

  • Smart Snacks in School: USDA Website

  • USDA’s The School Day Just Got Healthier Toolkit

  • Smart Snacks in School: Questions and Answers

  • Alliance For A Healthier Generation: Smart Snack Calculator