Competitive foods are food items 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
- Federal Competitive Foods Regulations
- Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value
- 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.
- **NEW**Smart Snacks in Schools, Q&As
- **NEW**All Foods Sold in Schools, aka "Smart Snacks" Implementation - Administrators Resource (ppt)
- Press Release
- **NEW**Implementation Guidance for All Foods Sold in Schools and Competitive Foods
- Interim Final Rule
- Interim Final Rule - Flowcharts (PDF)
- Interim Final Rule - Flowcharts (PowerPoint)
- Interim Final Rule: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School
- Smart Snacks Brochures, November 2013
- Smart Snacks and Competitive Foods Quick Reference Guide
- Smart Snacks in School - Fact Sheet for Administrators
- Smart Snacks in School Flyer (PDF)
- Smart Snacks in School Infographic
- Smart Snacks in School - Q & A
- Summary of Standards
- USDA FNS Smart Snacks in School Webpage
- USDA All Foods Sold in Schools (PPT)
- USDA Letter for Smart Snacks in Schools - October 2013
- USDA Memo - Alliance Smart Snacks Calculator for Food Sold in School
- USDA Memo - SP 23 - 2014 Questions and Answers Related to the "Smart Snacks" Interim Final Rule (March 5, 2014)
Is your snack a Smart Snack? Find out with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snacks Product Calculator! This calculator has been determined by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service to be accurate in assessing product compliance with the federal requirements for Smart Snacks in Schools.
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