The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act required the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students outside of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program meals on the school campus during the school day.
USDA’s interim final rule “Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School,” is effective July 1, 2014. These science-based nutrition standards promote a healthy school environment and apply to all foods sold, such as:
- A la carte cafeteria sales
- School stores
- Snack bars
- Vending machines
The Texas Department of Agriculture has created and collected resources to aid schools in providing healthy snack options for all Texas students.