School snacks are next in line for a healthy makeover

Burn Enterprises delivery company owner Bob Burn and his son and employee Ryan Krepps work to load a new vending machine off the truck behind York Suburban High School in August 2012. The school replaced its former Pepsi and snack vending machines with vending machines that are stocked with healthier options, such as pita chips, fruit smoothies and soy milk.The USDA recently released proposed standards for foods sold in vending machines and snack bars. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN)

This year, kids have been adjusting to changes in the federal school lunch program, aimed at making the lunches served each day a little healthier.

Snacks are up next.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released proposed standards for foods sold outside the school lunch program, such as those in vending machines or on snack bars, aiming to have schools provide snacks that are lower in fat, sugar, and sodium, according to a news release.

The proposed changes are part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. The department says the proposed rules offer some flexibility for school fundraisers, holidays, and birthday parties, for example.

Public comment is being taken, and we want to know what you think, too! Read more and share your views about the proposed changes over at the Cram Session blog.


About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what's happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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