What Are Smart Snacks

GIPS is dedicated to providing a healthy school environment for our students and staff. Our District adheres to USDA 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. These standards carefully balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus.

Kids often need snacks to help them get enough calories (ENERGY) throughout the day. Choosing healthy snacks that contribute protein, carbohydrates, and even a small amount of fat help students make it through the day. Smart snacking is a great way to meet daily nutrient requirements that may be missed at meal times.

GIPS offers our students 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 builds on healthier meals by ensuring that all snack foods and beverages available for sale to students in the school are tasty and nutritious, yet not excessive in calories, sodium, fat and simple sugars.

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