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The Healthy, Hunger‐Free Kids Act of 2010 establishes nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students before, during, and 30 minutes after the school day. The nutrition standards that are a part of the Iowa Healthy Kids Act are now equivalent to United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Smart Snack standards.
In Iowa, there are zero exemptions for fundraisers. All fundraisers that take place before, during and 30 minutes after school must meet the Healthy Kids Act/Smart Snacks nutrition standards as indicated in Iowa Administrative Code 281-58.Back to top
National References & Websites
- USDA Smart Snacks Final Rule (released July 2016) - Federal regulations for Smart Snacks
- A Guide to Smart Snacks in School - Easy-to-understand tips on how to meet smart snacks standards and why they are important
- Smart Snacks in School: Beverage Options - Allowable beverages to be sold to students during the school day
- USDA Smart Snacks Webpage - Summary of the standards; regulation and policy, frequently asked questions and issue briefs, and available technical assistance.
- USDA Questions and Answers - Clarification of the Smart Snacks nutrition standards.
- Fundraisers and Smart Snacks
Tools for Assessing Compliance
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snacks Calculator - Tool to assess food product compliance with the federal requirements for Smart Snacks in Schools.
- List of Acceptable Foods and Beverages - Resource developed by Connecticut State Department of Education. Note: all products still need to be determined compliant by the nutrition calculator with a calculator print out for documentation.
- Nutrient Analysis Software - If your snack doesn’t have a nutrition label because it is made from scratch, then you may need to calculate the nutrition information. Your school nutrition program may already use a nutrient analysis software approved by the USDA.
Smart Snacks Outside the Cafeteria
Communication with school staff and school groups is key to successful compliance of Smart Snacks. It is the role of school nutrition to ensure that everyone that sells foods and beverages to students during the school day is aware of the Smart Snacks standards.Back to top
- Smart Snacks in School Webinar (1 hour 5 minutes) - Held as part of the school nutrition monthly News to Know webinar series that provided an overview of requirements when selling food and beverages to students.
- School Wellness and Smart Snacks Webcast (10:30 minutes) - Overview of local school wellness policies and Smart Snacks nutrition standards.
Smart Snack Recipes
The following recipes meet Smart Snacks standards. These may be most beneficial for Family Consumer Sciences, Food Classes, school stores and a la carte lines.
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - Smart Snack Print Out
- Smart Cranberry Cookie - Chef Dee Dee Recipe
- Whole Grain Cereal Treats
- Sugar Cookies - USDA Recipes
- White Chocolate Chip Cookies - USDA Recipes
- Cherry Chocolate Smoothie - Chef Dee Dee Recipe
- Pumpkin Smoothie in a Cup - OSU - Food Hero Recipe
- Yogurt Parfaits
- Slim Slammer: Turkey and Apple - Chef Dee Dee Recipe
- Slim Slammer: Chicken and Cucumber - Chef Dee Dee Recipe
- Cowboy Corn Salad with Whole Grain Chips - Smart Snack Print Out
- Popcorn Trail Mix - Smart Snack Print Out