Smart Snacks in Schools Rule
On July 1, 2014, Montana adopted the standards required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Smart Snacks in Schools Rule, to improve student health with nutrition. The Smart Snacks in Schools Rule was established by the USDA to include science-based nutritional standards for all foods and beverages sold to students in school during the school day. These standards support efforts by school food service staff, school administrators, teachers, parents and the school community, who all work together to instill healthy habits in students.Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) and Graduation Matters Missoula (GMM) recognize student nutrition is a key component to student achievement and graduation. Healthy kids have higher attendance rates, higher test scores and behave better in class. Schools can help students be ready to learn by offering healthy snacks -- including whole grains, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.Montana schools are expected to be in compliance with the Smart Snacks in Schools Rule by July 1, 2015. All MCPS schools will be audited for Smart Snacks in Schools Rule compliance in May 2015 by an MCPS Regional Director to determine additional supports necessary to improve student nutrition.