School Snack & Baverages
Ensuring that All Food Sold in Schools is Healthy
Many school children consume up to half of their calories at schools, and school foods and beverages can have a significant impact on children’s diets and weight. With one in three children overweight or obese, what children eat during the school day matters.
As part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was given the authority to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold in school, including those sold outside of the school meal programs. On February 1 2013, USDA issued proposed nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold in cafeteria à la carte lines, vending machines, school stores, snack bars and elsewhere on campus. These items are sometimes referred to as “competitive foods” because they compete with school meals for students’ appetites and spending.