Resource Category: Other Resource Topic
Child Nutrition Program: NSLP – National School Lunch Program,
Organization/Agency: Maryland State Department of Education
State or Territory: Maryland
FNS region: Mid-Atlantic Regional Office (MARO)
Since July 2014, the federal government requires Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP) to adopt Smart Snacks standards for all foods and beverages sold to students on the school campus during the school day. Compliance with these rules is embedded in every school systems’ Wellness Policy.
The target audience for this 10 minute video includes teachers and administrators; student organizations and clubs; families and school community members; and School Wellness Committees.
This video was developed with USDA Grant funds from Team Nutrition, and Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professionals.
In addition to adopting the USDA Smart Snacks standard, Maryland schools have continued to uphold two beverage standards, which do not allow caffeinated beverages or diet sodas to be offered to students throughout the school day. Some school districts have embraced more stringent rules than those of the USDA and Maryland Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools.
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