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Hawkins County BOE gets facts about snacks on campus

Jeff Bobo • Jun 7, 2014 at 11:42 PM

ROGERSVILLE — If school boards follow the letter of the law regarding new federal guidelines for food sales on school campuses, there will be no more salty chips, candy bars or sugary soft drinks sold in public schools beginning July 1.

Mandy Kenner, Hawkins County director of child nutrition, gave the Board of Education a glimpse last week at what to expect from new federal Smart Snacks in Schools standards, which govern food items sold a la carte in the cafeteria as well as items sold on campus in vending machines, school stores and on campus fundraisers.

"As far as the nutrition program goes, we are complying," Kenner told the BOE.

"There will be very little change (in cafeterias) because we are already compliant with these standards. What will change is the items that can be sold at the school level," Kenner said.

Kenner added, "What the nutrition program had been charged with by the USDA was helping our children to be healthier and create better eating habits."

Any food sold in school must be a "whole grain-rich" grain product; have as the first ingredient (other than water) a fruit, vegetable, dairy product, or protein food; be a combination food that contains at least a quarter cup of fruit and/or vegetables; or contains 10 percent of the daily value of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Examples include calcium, potassium, vitamin D or dietary fiber.

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