Smart Snacks in School Resources

Starting in school year 2014-15, all foods and beverages sold at school during the school day will need to meet nutrition standards. The Smart Snacks in School regulation applies to foods sold a la carte, in the school store, fundraisers, and vending machines.

Smart Snacks in School


Information about the Smart Snacks requirement, helpful tools, and ways to encourage children to make healthier snack choices that give them the nutrition they need to grow and learn.

A Guide to Smart Snacks in Schools (July 2016) (PDF | 6.03 MB)

USDA. Team Nutrition.

This colorful booklet provides an overview of Smart Snacks Standards and how to tell if a food/beverage meets the requirements. This is a ready-to-go resource for anyone that oversees the sale of foods/beverages to students on the school campus during the school day.

Smart Snacks Product Calculator

Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Is your snack a Smart Snack? Find out with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snacks Product Calculator! This calculator has been determined by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service to be accurate in assessing product compliance with the federal requirements for Smart Snacks in Schools. The calculator can be used on food and beverages.

smart snacks resource image Sample Newsletter Blurb

Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

This sample newsletter blurb can be adapted to explain the importance of smart snacks and key elements of the requirements.

alliance for a healthier generation owl logo Smart Snacks Presentations

Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Use these plug-and-play communications tools to inform others about Smart Snacks.

competitive foods image Competitive Foods in Schools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Background information on competitive foods, case studies, reports, and fact sheets for specific target audiences.