Healthy Snack Food Guidelines

The following nutrient standards are adapted from the Choose Sensibly Guidelines created by The New York School Nutrition Association. After school programs and school districts in Ulster County are encouraged to adopt these guidelines.

Snacks should make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health. Ideally, there should be an emphasis on serving fruit and vegetables as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage. Because vending machines play a significant role in the after school snack environment the guidelines have been drawn from a model that offers a dynamic vending list from which purchasing departments can select snacks that meet guidelines.