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Eating Well in Public Schools

The full Texas Public School Nutrition policy is available on the Texas Department of Agriculture website at www.squaremeals.org.

Policy highlights include:

  • Grain products must contain 50% or more whole grains or list whole grains as the first ingredient
  • Acceptable foods must have ≤ 35% calories from total fat as served, less than 10% of calories from saturated fats and zero grams of trans fats (reduced fat cheese, nuts/seeds, dried fruits and seafood with no added fat are exempt)
  • Acceptable foods must have ≤ 35% weight from total sugar as served (dried fruits and vegetables are exempt)
  • Snack items and side dishes sold a la carte: ≤ 230 mg sodium per item as served
  • Entrée items sold a la carte: ≤480 mg sodium per item as served (including any added accompaniments)
  • Snack items and side dishes sold a la carte: ≤ 200 calories per item as served (including any added accompaniments)
  • Entrée items sold a la carte: ≤350 calories per item as served (including any added accompaniments)
  • Elementary and Middle School: foods and beverages must be caffeine-free with the exception of trace amounts of naturally occurring caffeine substances; High School: foods and beverages may contain caffeine

Organizations planning fundraisers should work with their school administration before initiating a fundraiser to ensure compliance with the Local Wellness Policy, Smart Snacks standards, and any other local policies that may be in place. Generally, foods that do not meet the standards cannot be sold to students on campus during the school day.

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