Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

8500 - FOOD SERVICES

The following guidelines are established to implement Board of Education policy on the use and sale of food or beverage items at school or on school grounds during the school day.

The following guidelines do not apply to a food or beverage item that is:

 

A.

part of the school lunch or school breakfast program;

   
 

B.

sold in an area that is not accessible to students;

   
 

C.

sold after normal school hours; or

   
 

D.

sold or distributed as a part of a fundraiser conducted by the students, teachers, school groups, or parent groups, if the food or beverage is not intended for student consumption during the school day.

The following guidelines do apply to:

 

A.

a food or beverage item that is sold in the a la carte line of a school cafeteria and is not part of the Federal school lunch program or Federal school breakfast program; and

   
 

B.

any other food or beverage item sold to students, including vending machine items, unless excluded above:

   
 

1.

a vending machine in an elementary school that dispenses food or beverage items may not be accessible to students;

   
 

2.

at least fifty percent (50%) of the food items and at least fifty percent (50%) of the beverage items available for sale at school or on school grounds must qualify as "better choice foods" or "better choice beverages";

     
 

3.

A beverage item available for sale at a school or on school grounds may not exceed twenty (20) ounces.

   
 

The following do qualify as better choice beverages:

   
 

a.

fruit or vegetable drinks that contain at least fifty percent (50%) real fruit or vegetable juice and do not contain additional caloric sweeteners;

   
 

b.

water and seltzer water that do not contain additional caloric sweeteners;

   
 

c.

low fat and fat free milk, including chocolate milk, soy milk, rice milk, and other similar dairy and non-dairy calcium fortified milks; and

   
 

d.

isotonic beverages.

   
 

The following do not qualify as better choice beverages:

   
 

a.

soft drinks, punch, iced tea and coffee;

   
 

b.

fruit or vegetable drinks that contain less than fifty percent (50%) real fruit or vegetable juice or that contain additional caloric sweeteners; and

   
 

c.

except for low fat and fat free chocolate milk; drinks that contain caffeine.

   
 

Food items that meet the following limitations do qualify as better choice foods:

   
 

a.

not more than thirty percent (30%) of their total calories are from fat;

   
 

b.

not more than ten percent (10%) of their total calories are from saturated and trans fat;

   
 

c.

not more than thirty-five percent (35%) of their weight is from sugars that not occur naturally in fruits, vegetables, or dairy products.

 

4.

A food item available for sale at a school or on school grounds may not exceed the following portion limits if the food item contains more than 210 calories:

   
 

a.

one and seventy-five hundredths (1.75) ounces if the food item is potato chips, crackers, popcorn, cereal, trail mixes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or jerky;

   
 

b.

two (2) ounces if the food item is cookies or cereal bars;

   
 

c.

three (3) ounces if the food item is bakery items, including pastries, muffins, and donuts;

   
 

d.

three (3) fluid ounces if the food item is frozen desserts, including ice cream;

   
 

e.

eight (8) ounces if the food item is nonfrozen yogurt;

   
 

f.

in the case of entree items and side dish items, including french fries and onion rings, the food item available for sale may not exceed the portion of the same entrée item or side dish item that is served as part of the school lunch program or school breakfast program.

© Neola 2008