State Child Nutrition Policy

Massachusetts Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools

 

In July 2010, the Massachusetts legislature passed a law that requires nutrition improvements for all foods and beverages sold outside of the reimbursable school meals programs. In accordance with that law, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in consultation with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, has established state nutrition standards for all competitive foods and beverages sold in public schools up to 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after the school day. These will be effective August 2012.

 

Read a summary of the state nutrition standards for competitive foods and beverages.

 

For complete guidance on implementing the MA School Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages, read the Healthy Students, Healthy Schools guide developed by the MA Department of Public Health, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, John Stalker Institute, Harvard School of Public Health, and Boston Public Health Commission.