Smart Snacks in School


Nutrition Standards for Foods

Any food sold in schools must:

  1. Be a “whole grain-rich” grain product; or

  2. Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food; or

  3. Be a combination food that contains at least 1/4 cup of fruit and/or vegetable or

  4. Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary   

   Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber)

Calorie limits - Snack Items: 200 or less, Entree Items:  350 or less

Sodium limits - Snack Items:  230 mg or less, Entree Items 480 or less

Fat limits - Total fat 35% or less of calories, Saturated fat:  10% or less of calories

Sugar limits - 35% or less of weight from total sugars in foods

Accompaniments like cream cheese, salad dressing and butter must be included in nutrient profile as part of food sold.

Nutrition Standards for Beverages

All Schools May Sell:

Plain water (with or without carbonation)

Unflavored low fat milk

Unflavored or flavored fat free milk and milk alternatives permitted by NSLP/SBP

100% fruit or vegetable juice and

100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation), and no added sweeteners.

Elementary schools may sell:  up to 8-ounce portions, while middle schools and high schools may sell up to

12-ounce portions of milk and water. There is no portion size limit for plain water.

Beyond this, the standards for High School allow additional:

  1. No more than 20-oz portions of calorie-free, flavored water (with or without carbonation); and other flavored

   and/or carbonated beverages that are labeled to contain <5 calories per 8 fluid ounces or 10 or less calories per

   20 fluid ounces.

  1. No more than 12-ounce portions of beverages with 40 or less calories per 8 fluid ounces, or 60 or less calories

   per 12 fluid ounces.

Other Requirements

  1. Food items that meet nutrition requirements are not limited.

  2. The standards do not apply during non-school hours, on weekends and at off-campus fundraising events.

  3. The standards provide a special exemption for infrequent fundraisers that do not meet the nutrition standards, 

    but Kentucky does not approve any such exemptions.