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.

A Guide to Smart Snacks in Schools (July 2016)

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 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.

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.

District Policy Establishing a Healthy Vending Program (2010)

National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN).

This Web page includes information to help a school district create a healthy vending program that fits within any established wellness policy by making sure products sold meet the wellness policy’s nutrition standards. Resources include sample district policy language, a model healthy beverage vending agreement, and a fact sheet outlining key considerations before entering into an agreement.

Snack F.A.C.T.S. (November 2015) (PDF | 384 KB)

UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

This handout demonstrates how some brands have developed nutritionally improved versions of products that are only available for sale in schools.

Copycat Snacks in Schools (May 2014)

Public Health Advocacy Institute.

This document defines copycat snacks and provides sample policy language to prohibit in school marketing of copycat snacks.

State and National School Snack Policies: How They Compare (January 2015)

The PEW Charitable Trusts.

This site compares state-by-state competitive food policies to Smart Snacks. Fact sheets are available for every state that offer comparisons of the state's policy and USDA's Smart Snacks in Schools standards. For each of the forty-three states with existing competitive food policies, there are more detailed charts that show how their policies match up with Smart Snacks.

Competitive Foods in Schools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

View background information about competitive foods, case studies, a report on the financial implications, and fact sheets at the bottom of the page for specific, target audiences like parents and students.

7 Questions About Smart Snacks in School Standards (July 2013)

The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Commonly asked questions with answers on topics related to Smart Snacks in schools.

Offering Healthy Foods at High School Concession Stands

Cornell University Food and Brand Lab.

In this study published in the Journal of Public Health, we identified two successful strategies for improving the nutritional quality of foods sold at concession stands: 1) offer 5-10 healthy food options 2) modify the ingredients of popular items to contain less saturated and trans fats.

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.

Smart Snacks Presentations

Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

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