Smart Snacks and Nutrition Promotion
Smart Snacks Guidelines
USDA's Smart Snacks in School guidelines, which went into effect July 1, 2014, require all food and beverages sold, served and/or distributed to students, such as food on snack carts, a la carte lines, in the classrooms, and through fundraisers need to meet the USDA nutrition requirements, Smart Snack guidelines and state laws. Click here to visit the USDA Smart Snack Guidelines Information website for more information. A 2019-20 updated guide is also available with suggestions and resources.
The Alliance for Healthier Generation and Amazon have partnered to provide a product list of Smart Snack compliant items. Click here to view Smart Snack items on Amazon.
Wondering if your snack is a smart snack? Click here to view the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's product calculator.
The district's Smart Snacks Shopping List offers suggested items available at the Brooklyn Center Cub Foods, as well as other grocery store locations. The list is not comprehensive, but a sampling of various items. To check the compliance of other products, please use the Smart Snack calculator link above, the Amazon Smart Snacks store link above, or contact Michelle Auld, District Wellness Coordinator at email@example.com.
Nutrition Education Support
Learn about our “Eliminating the Harmful 7” project with LifeTime Foundation and Chef Ann Foundation on the Wellness Projects with Partners page.
Our Farm To School program is instrumental in providing nutrition education and manages the school gardens at the schools. Click here to learn more about the Farm to School program.
Smarter Lunchroom Strategies
Brooklyn Center Community Schools' kitchens practice Smarter Lunchroom Strategies during the lunch programs. The practices encourage students to choose more vegetables and fruit options. One strategy that has been successful at Brooklyn Center STEAM Middle and High School is utilizing the "Share Cart" to provide extra fruit as a supplement afternoon snack for for the out-of-school time programs. The extra food is used to fuel the students after school, rather than becoming trash! Click here for more information about the Smarter Lunchrooms movement.
Brooklyn Center Community Schools strives to plan and schedule for the most beneficial meal times. The Time for Lunch Brief offers information about school meal times best practices.