Healthy Snacks & Beverages

USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting less nutritious foods.

Rhode Island Healthier Snacks and Beverages

RI General Law

requires that elementary, middle, junior high and senior high schools sell only healthier beverages and healthier snacks, except when items are sold by pupils away from the premises of the school; by pupils one hour or more after the end of the school day; or during a school sponsored pupil activity after the end of the school day.  

RI Nutrition Guidelines for School Vending and A la Carte Foods

These RI Nutrition Guidelines for School Vending and A la Carte Foods, developed and maintained by the RI Healthy Schools Coalition, are more comprehensive than the nutrition criteria in the State Law and include supporting rationale as well as product examples. These will be helpful for your district’s or school’s implementation of the Law.

For a listing of the RI Approved Healthy School Foods.

Coming July 2014

The new USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards support better health for students and echoes the good work already taking place in schools in RI.

Once implemented in July 2014, the guidelines will ensure that snacks in vending machines, school stores, a la carte lines, and snack bars are healthy. A food must be a fruit, a vegetable, protein, dairy, or whole grain; have fewer than 200 calories; and be low in fat, sodium, and sugar.

In other words, children will be able to buy only foods that their parents would find generally acceptable.

For more information go to the USDA website.