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On Campus Food Sales

Competitive Food Laws are in effect on days when school is in session from

12 midnight until 2:55 p.m.

(2:00 p.m. on minimum days)

Smart Snacks in Schools

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established nutrition standards for all snacks sold in school by any entity, including parent/student organizations, teachers, boosters, fundraisers, or the food and nutrition services department. These standards for snack sales are in effect from any time before school through 1/2 hour after school, in accordance with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the USDA and our district Wellness Policy. Non-compliant foods may be sold from 1/2 hour after school through the end of the day. These standards carefully balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus.

Students in our district are offered healthier school meals with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. The Smart Snacks in School standards published by the USDA will build on those healthy advancements by ensuring that all other snack foods and beverages available for sale to students in school are tasty and nutritious.

Nutrition Standards for Foods

Any food sold in school must:
  • Be a “whole grain-rich” grain product; or
  • Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product or a protein food; or
  • Be a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable.
Foods must also meet several nutrient requirements:

Calorie limits
  • Snack items - Elementary Schools: ≤ 175 calories
Sodium limits
  • Snack items: ≤ 200 mg
Fat limits
  • Total fat: ≤ 35% of calories
  • Saturated fat: ≤ 10% of calories
  • Trans fat: zero grams
Sugar limit ≤ 35% of weight from total sugars in foods


Accompaniments such as cream cheese, salad dressing and butter must be included in the nutrient profile as part of the food item sold. This helps control the amount of calories, fat, sugar and sodium added to foods.

Nutrient Standards for Beverages

All schools may sell:
  • Plain water (with or without carbonation)
  • Unflavored low fat milk
  • Unflavored or flavored fat free milk and milk alternatives permitted by NSLP/SBP
  • Fruit or Vegetable juice:
    • ≥ 50% juice and
    • No added sweeteners
    • ≤ 8 fl. oz. serving size
  • Elementary schools may sell up to 8-ounce portions of milk and juice. There is no portion size limit for plain water.
Additional Information:
  • Food items that meet nutrition standards are not limited.
  • The standards do not apply during non-school hours, on weekends and at off-campus fundraising events.
How to find the Competitive Food and Beverage Rules

Education Code sections 49430-49431.7
Created through Senate Bill 12, Senate Bill 965, and Assembly Bill 626.
Go to
Click on “California Law”
Choose “EDC” in the Code drop down menu
Type “49430” (do not include quotes) in the Section box
Click Search
Click “up” located at the top of the Code Search box – this will show all Education Code Sections.

California Code of Regulations sections 15575-15578
Created by the California Department of Education to clarify Education Code sections above.
Go to
Click on “Search for a Specific Regulatory Section”
Type “5” (do not include quotes) in the Title box
Type “15575” (do not include quotes) in the Section box
Click Search
Click the link to the left of the regulation description – this will show you the section language
Repeat for each section

California Code of Regulations sections 15500-15501
Created by the California Department of Education. These sections apply only to food and beverage sales by student organizations.
Go to
Click on “Search for a Specific Regulatory Section”
Type “5” (do not include quotes) in the Title box
Type “15500” (do not include quotes) in the Section box
Click Search
Click the link to the left of the regulation description – this will show you the section language
Repeat for Section 15501

Code of Federal Regulations Section 210.11
Created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This section represents the new national competitive food and beverage standards called Smart Snacks in School.
Go to
Choose “Title 7 – Agriculture” from the drop down menu
Click Go
Click on the “210-299” link
Click on the “210” link
Click on the “§210.11 Competitive food service and standards.” link

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.
To file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found at or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.
Or write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to:
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Student Wellness

Please see our Student Wellness Policy for additional information on Healthy Food Sales.
Healthy Fundraising Ideas
  • California State PTA Healthy Fundraisers
Snack Sales Approval Form

The Food Services Department is required to have a list of all foods available during the school day. This includes items that are sold immediately after school. This form must be completed for all items sold during the school day
How does this law define "sold"?

Money has to be exchanged for a coupon, voucher, or order form on school campus during the school day(through 30 minutes after school) AND there has to be an exchange of a food or beverage on school campus during the school day.

Click below to read through a common scenario that demonstrates how order forms for non-compliant foods are allowable under this law.
What can we sell?

Click here for the California Department of Education's Quick Reference Card for foods and beverages sold in schools: 
Smart Snack Compliance Calculator

Please note that the calculator below is for guidance purposes only and does not give the organization the approval to serve an item. All items served during the school day will need to be approved by the Food Services Department.

Smart Snack Calculator
Order Pre-Approved Snacks

The Food Services Department has compiled a small catalog of pre-approved snack items. With a two week lead time, we can deliver your compliant snacks directly to your school site for you to sell. Click here to request access to the Smart Snack Catalog.