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Smart Snacks: Countdown is On!

On July 1, 2014, the USDA’s Smart Snack in Schools standards will go into effect. These standards apply to all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day in schools’ vending machines, stores, snack carts and a la carte lines, as well as in-school fundraising.

We know change can be hard, and we’re here to help with a step-by-step guide, expert advice, healthy product lists and words of wisdom from schools who have already been successful.

We are counting down to July 1 with weekly tips, pins, resources and stories to Swap Your Snack that we hope you will find useful as you move your school towards implementing the Smart Snack standards. For the next 12 weeks, we will share tips, pins, resources and stories from schools that have already made Smart Snack changes—and lived to tell us about it!

12 Smart Snack Stories of Inspiration

Check out 12 inspiring stories from school leaders, faculty, students, and parents across the country who have already made changes to the way they sell food, raise money, and celebrate. Enjoy!

Get Inspired!


Help us spread the word on school success and tools for schools to use for new Smart Snacks standards. Below are premade tweets you can copy, paste and share from your Twitter account.

Happy, healthy tweeting!

On July 1, @USDA’s #SmartSnacks go into effect. Check out 12 @HealthierGen schools that are ready: #SwapYourSnack

For the next 12 weeks, @HealthierGen will be sharing tips to help get ready for #SmartSnacks #SwapYourSnack


We hope you will share this information and our stories of inspiration with your colleagues. Don’t hesitate to call 1-888-KID-HLTH if you have questions about the standards. Our school health guides are happy to chat with you.


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