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Smart Snacks in Schools Standards

Beginning July 1st, 2014 as set forth by The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, new nutrition standards will go into effect for all foods and beverages sold to students on campus during the school day (school day is defined as midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the instructional day).  As a result, students should expect to see changes in the a la carte offerings available in the cafeteria.  Such changes include:

  • A la carte entrees that are limited to 350 calories and 480mg of sodium per serving
  • Snack items (chips, frozen desserts, cookies, etc.) that are limited to less than 200 calories and 230mg of sodium
  • Limits on amount of sugar, total fat, saturated fat, and trans fat
  • Beverages at elementary and junior high schools are limited to water, milk, and 100% juice only with specific allowed portion sizes
  • High school beverages will be limited to water, milk, 100% juice and low calorie varieties with specific allowed portion sizes

To check if a food or beverage item meets the new Smart Snacks in Schools Standards, the Smart Snacks Calculator can be found at Smart Snacks Alliance Product Calculator.

For more information and a full list of Smart Snack rules:

Katy ISD Smart Snacks in Schools FAQ's: Updated 7-29-15

Smart Snacks Handout

Smart Snacks Brochure

Full Smart Snacks in Schools Policy