Why we’ve made changes
Food is everywhere we look. Too often, it’s the treats, sweets and empty calorie foods that are all around us. We want to encourage students to make healthier snacking options.
Here’s a helpful handout on alternatives to food rewards. It highlights the consequences of using food rewards as well as ideas for non-food rewards for students.
Food at school
As of June 2017 Manheim Township School District has updated the Student Wellness Policy that impacts competitive and non-competitive foods students encounter during the school day. This affects fundraisers, classroom parties, and using food as rewards. You can read the current Wellness Policy here. Please direct questions regarding Wellness to SmithSt@mtwp.net.
Competitive foods are foods sold during the school day. This includes foods sold in vending machines, a la carte in the cafeteria and to during the school day for fundraisers. These items must meet Smart Snack criteria.
Per USDA guidelines, “Smart Snacks” are snacks that:
- ≤ 200 calories, ≤ 200mg sodium
- <10% of calories from saturated fat and ≤35% of calories from fat
- < 35% of sugar / weight of item
- 1st ingredient must be a whole grain, fruit, vegetable, dairy product or protein food
- There are fat exemptions for nuts, cheese, eggs which are healthy snacks, that may exceed calories from fat
- Reference the link above for guidelines and restrictions on beverages
Is your snack a Smart Snack? Use the Smart Snack Calculator to find out!
Next enter the nutritional information from the nutrition facts label along with the first ingredient. If you have questions, please contact: Kristen Feaga at firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthier Fundraising Ideas
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has some great ideas for healthier options for school fundraisers.
Action for Healthy Kids.org (click HERE for more fundraising ideas) recommends physical activity or non-food fundraising ideas:
- fundraisers that promote physical activity: fun walks, runs; bowl-a-thon, bike-a-thon, teacher-student competitions, community garden assistance (weeding, raking) for donations, 30-day fitness & fundraising challenges
- car washes
- game night, bingo night
- auctions (live, silent, online)
- soy candles, soap, greeting cards, stationery
- plants, flowers, bulbs, seeds
- discount cards/coupon books
- holiday-themed decorations
- rent a special parking spot
- parents’ day/night out — provide childcare with open gym and activities for kids so parents can holiday shop or have an evening out
- community craft fairs or garage sales where people donate their items to sell
- raffle tickets with donated prizes and special items
- water bottle sales
Non-Food Rewards in the Classroom
Avoiding Allergens in the Classroom – also check out the Child Nutrition Page for more information about food allergies.