Frequently Asked Questions – Arizona Nutrition Standards

Arizona Nutrition Standards

How do I know if a food/beverage item meets Arizona Nutrition Standards?

The Arizona Nutrition Standards are consistent with the Smart Snacks guidelines released by USDA. These guidelines apply to all foods served and sold to students in grades K-8 and all foods sold to students in grades 9-12. You can use the Smart Snacks calculator to determine if a food meets the guidelines here.

Is my afterschool care program eligible to participate in the Afterschool Care Snack Program?

In order for a site to participate in the afterschool care snack program, your school district must operate the NSLP. Additionally, the afterschool care program must be open to all students and provide regularly scheduled educational or enrichment activities for the purpose of providing care after school hours.

What is the Afterschool Care Snack Program?

Schools who participate in the National School Lunch Program can serve snacks to students after school and receive reimbursement for the snacks if they meet the afterschool care snack meal pattern. You can visit the Afterschool Care Snack Program webpage for more information.

What is the Special Milk Program (SMP)?

The SMP is a program developed to encourage milk consumption by school-aged children by providing milk at low- or no cost. Schools who participate in NSLP are not eligible to participate in SMP.

What type of snacks must be served in my program?

In order to be reimbursed, the snacks must contain at least two different components from the following four: a serving of fluid milk; a serving of meat/meat alternate; a serving of vegetables or fruits or 100% juice; a serving of whole grain or enriched bread and/or cereal. You can find more information about the Afterschool Care Snack Program on the webpage found here.