Smart Snacks

Snack smart. Snack healthy.

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
  • Fundraisers

The Texas Department of Agriculture has created and collected resources to aid schools in providing healthy snack options for all Texas students.

Technical Assistance and Support

Contact your regional ESC Child Nutrition Team.

Section 20. Competitive Food Nutritional Standards of the Administrator’s Reference Manual
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Smart Snacks Food Calculator
Additional guidance, tools and resources from Squaremeals.org and from USDA
Record Keeping:  To read the exact requirement per 7 CFR § 210.11(b)(2) Recordkeeping click here

Guidance for Schools
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