A "competitive food" is defined by 7 CRF 210.11 and 220.12 as any food item that is sold in competition to the reimbursable school meal. The term competitive foods refers to any food or beverage served outside of the federal meal programs, regardless of nutritional value. The goal is to limit access to these foods.
- What does it mean to limit student access to competitive foods?
- Limiting access means making it more difficult for students to obtain competitive foods and beverages.
- Why should schools or districts limit access to specific foods and beverages?
- The presence of food can be a prompt to eat. The constant availability of foods and beverages may increase the likelihood of impulse buying and contribute to overeating by some students.
Current Policy and Resources
- USDA and Colorado Regulations and FMNV
- Healthy Beverage Policy
- Colorado Competitive Food Service Policy
- Colorado Competitive foods and Healthy Beverage Flowchart
Upcoming Policy and Resources
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 like fundraisers and bake sales, and provide ample transition time for schools. USDA and the Office of School Nutrition are 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.
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