December 2013 – Smart Snacks: New USDA Regulation effective July 2014
On July 1, 2014, the USDA’s “Smart Snacks in School Guidelines” will
come into effect. These regulations will promote healthier snacking by limiting
calories, sugar, fat and sodium in snacks and beverages while encouraging the
consumption of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and protein
sources. Compliance is required starting July 1st
The new rules are meant to help with childhood obesity in the USA and
improve foods served in schools. School meals will have calorie minimums and
maximums per meal based on the child’s age. For Kindergarteners to firth graders,
lunches must contain 550 to 650 calories and for the ninth to twelfth graders,
lunches must have 750 to 850 calories.
The USDA new “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards represent the
first nutritional overhaul of school snacks in more than 30years. School foods must
contain at least 50% whole grains or have a fruit, vegetable, dairy or protein as the
first ingredient. Beverages will be under the microscope. Low-fat, fat-free milk,
100% fruit and vegetable juices, and no –calorie flavored water are permitted.
Potable water must be made available to kids for free where meals are served. No
white starches, no processed junk foods and no empty calories. Beverages will be
monitored for calorie counting, per 8 ounce serving should be less than 5, and 8 oz
drinks must be less than 40 calories. Elementary schools beverages are limited to 8
Children will be allowed to bring in any snacks from home but teachers will
be encouraging smart snacks. Caffeine will be permitted in the high schools.
RIDE will be meeting soon to discuss the new regulations and how it will
roll out for 2014-2015 calendar year. I will keep you posted on the regulations.
, in time for the 2014-2015 school
Have a Wonderful Holiday Season and may all your wishes come true!