Smart Snacks

The Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards support better health for our kids and echo the good work already taking place in schools across the country. The new standards preserve flexibility for time-honored traditions, such as fundraisers and bake sales, and provide ample transition time for schools. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is committed to working closely with students, parents, school stakeholders and the food and beverage industries to implement the new guidelines, and make the healthy choice the easy choice for America’s young people. View more information and resources on Smart Snacks by selecting the links below.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Memos
Links to key USDA memos on Smart Snacks are provided below.
Smart Snacks Training (15 minutes) - 10/27/16
In this module you will get a basic overview of the USDA Smart Snacks in School regulation, including where and when the regulations apply. The training also covers next steps you can take to ensure compliance within your school.

Smart Snacks Regulations (New)
In this lesson you will get a basic overview of the USDA Smart Snacks in School regulation, including where and when the regulations apply. The training also covers next steps you can take to ensure compliance within your school. Key Area: Administration, Learning Code: 3230

Smart Snacks Recipe Readiness (New)
In this lesson you will learn when a recipe analysis is required when determining whether or not a food or beverage is compliant with USDA Smart Snack regulations. It will also walk you through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Smart Snack Analyzer Tool, which can be used to complete the required recipe analysis. Key Area: Administration, Learning Code: 3230
  •  - 8/20/18
    This includes resources to assist schools in determining whether or not an individual food or beverage item is compliant with regulations. It also includes lists of items previously identified as compliant with Smart Snacks final rule, as of July 1, 2016.
  •  - 8/20/18
    This is designed to assist schools with analyzing their recipes to determine whether or not they are compliant with Smart Snack Standards. It also includes many Smart Snack approved recipes.
  •  - 8/20/18
    This provides a description of what the Smart Snacks rule is and how they affect schools. It includes a high-level description of the rule designed specifically for school administrators and USDA’s guide to Smart Snack standards, which summarizes the specific requirements. It also includes explanations of exemptions allowed and how this rule potentially affects fundraisers.
  •  - 8/9/17
    This describes how fundraisers must meet the Smart Snacks requirements. In a question and answer format, the brief addresses allowable food fundraisers, culinary arts programs, non-allowable fundraisers and the “zero exemption” regulation in Minnesota.