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Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 7, July 2014, Posted On: 6/30/2014

Smart Snacks In School Guidelines Kick In July 1, Changing School Vending Machine Menus

Nick Montano
TAGS: vending machine snacks, school vending machine guidelines, snack food rules, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Smart Snacks in School regulations, SSIS regulations, national nutrition school snack standards, Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, healthy vending, Daniel Stein, Mark Vend Co.

WASHINGTON -- Starting today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires schools to make snacks healthier as part of the new Smart Snacks in School regulations. The SSIS regulations create national nutrition standards that limit fat, sugar and sodium in foods and beverages sold to students as snacks through vending machines and other sources.

The standards do not affect the foods and beverages sold through the federally reimbursable meal program, brought from home, given away (e.g., classroom parties or rewards) or sold after school hours. The new national rules only affect those schools that participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The changes are part of the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Popular vending machine snacks like Frito-Lay's Doritos and Cheetos don't make the cut under the new guidelines. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the group founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation to respond to the growing rate of childhood obesity, publishes a list of approved Smart Snacks. | Download List

Today’s Chicago Tribune featured Daniel Stein of Mark Vend Co. (Northbrook, IL) who shares how his company prepared for the new guidelines. "We've had July 1 on our calendar for a long time," Stein told the paper. Mark Vend, which operates about 2,000 machines, provides service for some 75 high schools. | Full Story

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