Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Smart Snacks

The Smart Snacks in School final rule aligns the nutritional quality of snacks sold to children during the school day with the science-based improvements made to school lunches and breakfasts. These include using practical, science-based nutrition standards that ensure children are offered more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The Smart Snack guidelines apply to all food and beverages sold on the school campus during the school day, including those sold through vending machines, school stores and a la carte cafeteria lines.

The Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards were implemented in the 2014-2015 school year in accordance with the interim final rule. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on July 29, 2016, and makes modest improvements to those standards based on public comments and lessons learned from implementation.



Printable Resources

Smart Snacks Recorded Webinar


Please note that the sodium requirement for snack items mentioned in this webinar has now been reduced to 200 mg to reflect the updated Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards effective July 1, 2016. Additionally, foods with 10% of the daily value for calcium, potassium, vitamin D or fiber are no longer acceptable criterion for allowable competitive foods.