In 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) created Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools. This regulation applies to all foods and beverages which are sold during the school day, except school meals programs. The purpose of this regulation is to ensure that Massachusetts students are offered nutritious food and beverage choices that will enhance learning, contribute to healthy growth and development, and cultivate lifelong healthy eating behaviors.
Additionally, there are federal regulations in place for competitive foods and beverages in schools under USDA Smart Snacks in School. In most places, the state regulation and the federal rule are in alignment. However, where there is a difference, schools must follow the stricter rule.
Last month, DPH released the Frequently Asked Questions regarding Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools memo to address common questions related to competitive foods and beverages in Massachusetts.
If you are looking for additional guidance and resources related to competitive foods and beverages in schools, check out the following pages on the Massachusetts School Wellness Website, SWITCH: