Smart Snacks

 
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The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act requires that USDA establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold in school – beyond the Federal child nutrition programs.  This law applies to all foods sold outside the school meal programs; on the school campus; and at any time during the school day, which is 12:00AM – 30 minutes after the last bell rings.  This calculator will indicate if a food is Smart Snack eligible: https://foodplanner.healthiergeneration.org/calculator/

Classroom Snacks
If teachers feel that classroom snacks are necessary to sustain student achievement they can be offered 1.5 hours before or 1.5 hours after the lunch meal.  Classroom snacks will only be offered once a day and must meet the following guidelines per serving: 4 grams of fat per 100 calories (35% of calories), 9 grams of sugar per 100 calories (35% of calories) and limited to 200 calories per total snack.

Outside Foods during school hours
Due to sanitation and food safety concerns student and staff are prohibited from bringing non-prepackaged food items into the school to share with students.  The exception would be whole fresh fruits and vegetables, which should be prepared using proper sanitation procedures.

Birthday Parties (Elementary Only)
Once a month student birthdays will be celebrated during their designated lunch period.  Parents will be encouraged to come eat with their children on this day and bring non-food treats, if desired.  Nutrition Services will provide a special treat and set up a special table for the birthday students to help them celebrate.  June birthdays will be celebrated in May and July birthdays in August.  This one-day event will take the place of individual classroom birthday parties. 

Seasonal Parties
Due to sanitation and safety concerns, students and staff will be prohibited from bringing non-prepackaged food items into the school to share with students.  The exception would be whole fresh fruits or vegetables, which should be prepared using proper sanitation procedures.  It is strongly suggested that all parties be held after the lunch period, with the exception of ELF and Early Childhood students.  50% of the food that is served at seasonal parties must meet the following guidelines per serving:  4 grams of fat per 100 calories (35% of calories), 9 grams of sugar per 100 calories (35% of calories) and limited to150 calories per item,

Fundraising During the School Day
One exempt fundraiser per school-sponsored organization per semester that does not meet the Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School during the school day on school grounds will be allowed.  PTO and adult organizations are not exempt.  The length of the exempt fund raiser cannot exceed 2 days.   This fund raiser must be approved by the school’s principal.  Exempted fundraiser foods or beverages may not be sold in competition with school meals in the food serving area during meal service.  With the exception of the two exempt fundraisers per year, Garden City Public Schools will not allow the sale of food items for fundraising during the school day unless they meet the All Foods Sold in Schools nutritional standards.  Nonfood fundraisers are highly encouraged.