As of July 1st, 2014, all schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program have to adhere to a new set of USDA standards called Smart Snacks In School (SSIS). The rules are a balance of evidence-based research and practicality, encouraging schools to sell competitive foods that are aligned with the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans: more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy options; and limits on calories, fat, sugar and sodium.
School Administrators in thousands of schools nationwide are still scrambling to find a profitable “healthy vending” solution to avoid incurring steep fines and 100% loss in much-needed revenue when the USDA started enforcing these rules back in July 2014.
This has created an unprecedented opportunity for healthy vending business owners to help schools transition their competitive foods programs to being 100% USDA-compliant.
If you want to learn more about the breakthrough new USDA Smart Snacks In School rules, how this impacts schools, and how it could impact your business, get your free copy of the Smart Snacks In School Survival Guide.