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Smart Snacks

Smart Snacks in Schools

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires specific nutrition standards for all food items available for sale to students in schools during the school day.  This includes...

  • A la Carte sales operated by District 11 Food and Nutrition Services,
  • Any food which could be consumed on school grounds sold to students from midnight before through 30 minutes after the school day, including
    • Afterschool events on school grounds occurring immediately after school to thirty minutes after the school day where adults DO NOT make up a significant portion of the audience,
    • School Vending on school grounds accessible to students from midnight before through 30 minutes after the school day, and
    • School Fundraisers selling food to students which could be consumed on school grounds from midnight before through 30 minutes after the school day
  • Beverage requirements must be followed throughout the "extended school day", which is defined as any time students are at school after the regular school day, including, but not limited to participation in extracurricular activities or childcare programs.  The sale of other beverages at school related events where parents and other adults are in attendance are allowable.  

The Smart Snacks and Competitive Food Quick Reference Guide includes nutrition requirements for all foods and beverages.
School must document ALL food and beverages sold in compliance with Smart Snack rules which must include: • Nutrition Facts Label for each food or beverage item • Ingredients List for each food or beverage item    - See more at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/nutrition/nutricompetitivefoods#sthash.EUIu1Zjc.dpuf

Exemptions
Each School is allowed up to 3 exemptions per school year for food and/or beverage items available for sale to students during the specified period above.  These exemptions should be approved by the school principal.  The following form needs to be completed for each exemption and is for internal use only.   Smart Snack Exemption Tracker     Please contact Jamie Humphrey, RDN, Administrative Dietitian with any questions at 719-520-2923 or jamie.humphrey@d11.org