• Smart Snacks in Schools 

    Federal Standards for Competitive Foods — All Grades

    All foods must meet these standards:

    • Grains must be whole grain-rich
    • < 35 percent calories from total fat
    • < 10 percent calories from saturated fat
    • Zero trans fat
    • < 35 percent weight from total sugar
    • < 230 mg sodium for side dishes and < 480 mg sodium for entrées (includes accompaniments)
    • < 200 calories for side dishes and < 350 calories for entrées (includes accompaniments)
    Milk and 100 percent juices may be sold to all grades but must meet same requirements as reimbursable meal standards and portion sizes are limited by grade level. Other flavored, caffeinated beverages are allowed for grades 9–12 within portion size and calorie limits (*PISD will carry G2 drinks only in high schools beginning in the 2014-2015 school year).

    The Texas Department of Agriculture maintains the right to create regulation that is more stringent over the USDA mandated minimums. Over the last few months TDA has analyzed the potential impacts of USDA’s Competitive Rule requirements in light of Texas Laws and the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy. For the upcoming school year, SY 2014-2015, schools will be allowed to have unlimited fundraisers as long as the fundraisers adhere to the federal Competitive Rule (i.e. Smart Snacks in School) requirements. Food items that do not meet the Competitive Rule requirements must be sold outside of the school day. The following are additional examples of allowable fundraisers that may occur during the school day:

    • Any non-food items
    • Any food items not meant for consumption on the school campus during the school day (e.g. cookie dough to be prepared at home)
    • Any food item sold after the end of the school day (e.g. 30 minutes after the end of instruction on campus)
    • Food items sold in concession stands after the end of the school day (e.g. 30 minutes after the end of instruction on campus)
    • Any food items that meet the federal Competitive rule requirements 

    Information listed on this page was provided in part by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture.

    For more information on the Smart Snacks federal regulation ruling, please visit the USDA's Smart Snacks site and TDA's Smart Snacks Site.