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Smart Snacks in Schools

The Smart Snacks in School standards, which took effect July 2014, are required to be followed by all schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). In July 2016, the Smart Snacks Final Rule was published.

The Smart Snacks in School standards apply to all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day outside of federally reimbursable meal programs (i.e., outside of NSLP, School Breakfast Program, Afterschool Snack Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program), also called "competitive foods." The standards do not affect sales during the school day of bulk food fundraisers not meant for immediate consumption (e.g., Girl Scout Cookies, frozen pizza kits, frozen cookie dough), classroom parties, food brought from home or food given as a reward for performance or behavior. These unaffected sales may not take place in the foodservice area during meal times.

Please note that, even if a food is allowed to be sold during the school day according to the minimum Smart Snacks standards, schools must follow their Local Wellness Policies (LWP); if a LWP is more restrictive, it must be followed.

As of July 2015, Michigan allows certain food and beverage fundraiser exemptions during the school day that do not need to meet the Smart Snacks standards. See below for more details.

National Websites & References

USDA Smart Snacks Final Rule (released July 2016)

USDA Smart Snacks in School Website

Smart Snacks Resource Website from the School Nutrition Association and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

A Guide to Smart Snacks in Schools USDA


Michigan Fundraiser Exemptions

As of July 2015, Michigan allows two fundraisers per week per school building that do not meet the Smart Snacks standards. A fundraiser may last up to one (1) day. These exemptions are optional and are up to the schools to track on their own. They may not be sold in the foodservice area during mealtimes. The following resources provide more information and allow schools to better track these exemptions.


Non-Compliant Food Fundraiser Guidance 

Food Service Administrative Memo No. 4 - School Year 2022-2023

Smart Snacks and Fundraiser Fact Sheet


Fundraiser Tracking Tools - To request editable versions of the tracker(s), contact: or 517-241-5374.

Compliant Competitive Food Sale Tracker (updated December 2022)

Exempt Fundraiser Food Sale Tracker   (updated December 2022)



Fundraiser/Food Tracking Tools - See above in "Michigan Fundraiser Exemptions" section

Smart Snacks Product Calculator


Presentations - Feel free to use for your own educational purposes and edit as needed! Smart Snacks Training Module


Common Smart Snacks Q&A