Alliance Statement on USDA’s Smart Snacks in School
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is supportive of federal guidelines progressing in a manner that puts all food and beverages on school campuses on a level playing field – not just in the cafeteria, but in vending machines, school stores, snack carts, and after school snacks.
USDA’s Smart Snacks in School, released this summer, set nutrition standards for all snacks and beverages sold to students throughout the school day. These nutrition standards must be implemented beginning July 1, 2014, and we are encouraging schools and out-of school time sites to get ahead of the curve and start today. The Alliance’s Competitive Foods and Beverage Guidelines have been in place since 2006, providing a platform and evidence of success that helped to pave the way for new federal requirements. Now that national guidelines are in place, we are transitioning to support implementation of USDA Smart Snacks and encourage schools and out-of-school time providers to tap into our support to make these healthy changes for young people across all settings