(foods sold outside of reimbursable school meals such as through vending machines, cafeteria a la carte lines, fundraisers, school stores, etc.)
When beverages are sold individually outside of reimbursable school meals, it is encouraged that those beverages include, but are not limited to, fruit and vegetable juice, milk or flavored milk, or water. When foods are sold individually outside of reimbursable meals, it is encouraged that those foods include snacks that meet the recommended criteria for healthy snack foods.
- Elementary Schools. Given young children’s limited nutrition skills, food sales, in addition to school meals should be limited to low-fat and non-fat milk, fruits, and non-fried vegetables and foods on the healthy snack list. (See Appendix B) (8-25-15)
- Middle School and High Schools. In middle school and high schools, all foods and beverages sold individually outside the reimbursable meal programs (including those sold through a la carte lines, vending machines, student stores, or fundraising activities) may not be sold within the cafeteria or school nutrition serving area thirty minutes before or during the breakfast or lunch serving periods. If foods and beverages are sold individually outside the reimbursable meal program, they must meet the recommended criteria for healthy snack foods. (See Appendix B) (8-25-15)
- Fundraising Activities. To support children’s health and school nutrition-education efforts, school fundraising activities involving food or beverages will be encouraged to utilize foods that meet the criteria for healthy snack foods and beverages sold individually.
- Snacks. Snacks served during the school day or in after-school care or enrichment programs will make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage. Schools will assess if and when to offer snacks based on timing of schools meals, children’s nutritional needs, children’s ages, and other circumstances.
- Rewards. Schools will not use foods or beverages, especially those that do not meet the nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually, as rewards for academic performance or good behavior.
- School-sponsored Events (such as, but not limited to athletic events, dances, or performances). When foods and beverages are offered or sold at school-sponsored events outside the school day, every effort will be made to include those foods and beverages that meet the criteria for healthy snacks and beverages. (4-25-06)