Smart Snacks

Smart Snacks

(updated 8/13/15)

Smart Snack Resources

Competitive Food Regulations at a Glance
  • Food and beverage requirements must meet general standard and specific nutrient standards
  • Provides exemptions to nutrient standards for specific foods
  • Applies to all food and beverages sold on campus during the school day and accessible to students
  • The school day is defined as the period from the midnight before to 30 minutes after the last bell
  • Does not apply to food and beverages sold 30 minutes after the last bell or on weekends
  • Applies to all grade levels
  • Nutrition standards are minimum standards
Required Compliance Measures
SNP Responsibilities:
  • SNP will provide mandatory training for all current and potential vendors
  • SNP will communicate to all vendors and/or local schools of all available resources to implement the new guidelines

Mandatory Vendor Responsibilities:
  • All vendors must attend a mandatory training session in order to do business with GCPS
  • Vendors must certify commitment to serve and provide only approved items
  • Vendors who fail to certify compliance will be prohibited from doing business with GCPS

GCPS Resources

Vendors Need to be Reapproved for SY17 by Reviewing the Compliance Training and Submitting the Required Documentation

*If a vendor is not listed it means they have not viewed the required training class and submitted the required documentation.

SY17 Products Currently Approved by GCSNP.

SY17 Ice Cream Products Currently Approved.

*If you do not see a specific product on here then that means a label wasn't submitted for review and/or it does not meet the nutrition guidelines.

Submission of Product Labels & Calculator Approval Sheets
can be submitted to Angela Reynolds for review.
(678) 301-6320

General Questions About Smart Snacks
(678) 301-6238

General Questions About Smart Snacks Training
(678) 301-6324

USDA Guidelines
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 is 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.


Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG)

AHG List of Approved Smart Snack Items
These products were determined to meet the Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards based on the product’s ingredient statement
and Nutrition Facts Panel at a specific point in time.

AHG Product Navigator
Browse the online catalog featuring approved food and beverage products that meet national nutrition standards from participating companies working with the Alliance.

AHG Product Calculator
Take the guesswork out of nutrition guidelines with the new Alliance Product Calculator for Smart Snacks! Simply enter the product information, answer a few questions, and determine whether your beverage, snack, side or entrée item meets the new USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines.

AHG Celebration Ideas
It’s important to provide consistent messaging around foods and beverages throughout the school day. Promoting healthy options during meal or snack times while allowing unhealthy options during celebrations can confuse youth. Help students associate celebrations with healthy habits rather than unhealthy options, and associate healthy activities with celebrations rather than unhealthy consumption.

AHG Alternative Fundraising Ideas
Continue to raise much needed funds for your school while reinforcing the healthy eating habits you teach your students. Healthy fundraising options make it possible to raise revenue while not undermining the healthy habits students are developing that will remain with them through their lives.

AHG Non-Food Rewards
Student rewards come in many different forms on campus. Rewards could be a classroom pizza party or something as small as a piece of candy for a correct answer. Using food as a reward can contribute to the development of unhealthy habits that stick with our children for life. Food, even healthy foods, should never be used as a reward or reinforcement for students.

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