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Office of P-20 Education Policy
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

Superintendents; Chief Administrators of Nonpublic Schools Participating in the NSLP and SBP; Chancellor of New York City Public Schools; Executive Directors of Residential Child Care Institutions; Food Service Directors/Managers; School Board Members
Paula Tyner-Doyle, Coordinator
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Smart Snacks Standards and Fundraisers

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) directed the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students in school during the school day, including foods sold through school fundraisers.

Section 10 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 USC 1779, as amended by the HHFKA, requires that all food and beverages sold outside of the school meals programs, on the school campus at any time during the school day must meet the nutrition standards set forth in the interim final rule titled, “National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010”.  This interim final rule, also known as “Smart Snacks”, was published on June 28, 2013 and is effective July 1, 2014.  The rule can be accessed online at:

In accordance with Section 210.11(b)(4), the New York State Education Department (SED) is electing to establish a policy that no fundraising exemptions may be granted and is prohibiting any food related fundraisers that do not meet the nutritional standards from being held during the school day.

This approach supports the intent of the HHFKA and the Smart Snacks nutrition standards to ensure the development of healthier school environments.  Implementing consistent nutrition standards throughout the school building will enhance the learning environment and contribute to the overall health and well-being of all students.  In addition, consistently providing healthier foods and beverages everywhere on the school campus will build on the great strides being made in the cafeteria.

USDA has defined a fundraiser as any activity where currency/tokens/tickets, etc., are exchanged for a product in support of the school or school-related activity. For example, giving away food but suggesting a donation would be considered a fundraiser, since funds would be raised as a result. Vending machines used to support school-sponsored clubs or activities such as the school band or football team is another example of fundraising.

Schools should be aware that selling non-food items, such as pencils or notebooks, to students and then giving them non-nutritious food items as a “bonus” or marketing the sale of non-nutritious food items to parents and teachers to be given to students during the school day undermines the intent of the law and sends inconsistent messages to students.    

Although SED recognizes that fundraisers play a vital role in providing additional income to school districts to support extracurricular activities such as sports, drama and music, we strongly encourage school administrators to promote non-food fundraisers.

There are many healthy fundraising options available to schools including selling books, fresh produce, school spirit merchandise or other non-food items during the school day.  Your school’s local wellness committee may have some great tips on how to raise funds and help students make healthy choices at the same time.   Further guidance can be found on the USDA website at, as well as at the Child Nutrition Knowledge Center at

We appreciate your commitment in implementing the Smart Snacks standards in your schools and creating healthy learning environments for students.

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USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)     mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)     email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en ingles), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de seas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en linea en: y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1)     correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3)     correo electró

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.