Elementary/Middle/Jr. High School Food Restrictions

General Requirements

An elementary school contains no grade higher than grade 6. A middle/junior high school contains grades 7 or 8, 7 to 9, 7 to 10. A high school contains any of grades 10 to 12.

Food restrictions are effective from one-half hour before school, during school hours, and to one-half hour after school.

The food restrictions apply to all foods sold to pupils by all entities. Sold means the exchange of food for money, coupons, vouchers, or order forms, when any part of the exchange occurs on a school campus.

Artificial trans fat foods cannot be sold or provided to pupils on K - 12 school campuses.

Non-compliant foods may be sold ONLY by students starting one-half hour after school.

Foods that comply with the restrictions are:

  1. A full meal that meets the United States Department of Agriculture's meal pattern requirements.
  2. An exempt item which includes individually-sold portions of nuts, nut butters, seeds, eggs, cheese packaged for individual sale, fruit, non-fried vegetables, and legumes.
  3. A dairy or whole grain food that contains:
    • ≤35% calories from fat, and
    • ≤ 10% calories from saturated fat, and
    • ≤ 35% sugar by weight, and
    • ≤175 calories per item/container

Dried blueberries, cranberries, cherries, tropical fruit, chopped dates or figs that contain added sugar are exempt from nutrition standards.

Please note: If exempt food(s) combine(s) with nonexempt food(s) or added fat/sugar, they must meet ALL nutrient standards stated above..

A purchased whole grain bread or grain product contains:

  1. The statement "Diets rich in whole grain foods... and low in total fat... may help reduce the risk of heart disease..." or
  2. The first listed grain ingredient as whole grain, or
  3. A combination of whole grain ingredients is at least 51% of the total grain weight (manufacturer must verify).
  4. The weight of the whole grain must be at least 51% of the total grain weight of the product.

Non-compliant foods may be sold from one-half hour after school.

Beverages that comply with the restrictions are:

glass of milk

  1. Fruit juice:
    • 50% juice and
    • No added sweeteners
  2. Vegetable juice:
    • ≤50% juice and
    • No added sweeteners
  3. Milk:
    • Cow's or goat's milk, and
    • ≤1%, nonfat, and
    • Contains Vitamins A & D, and
    • ≥ 25% of the calcium Daily Value per 8 fl. oz., and
    • ≤28 grams of total sugar per 8 fl. oz.
  4. Non-dairy milk:
    • Contains Vitamins A & D, and
    • ≥25% of the calcium Daily Value per 8 fl. oz., and
    • ≤ 28 grams of total sugar per 8 fl. oz. and
    • ≤ 5 grams fat per 8 fl. oz.
  5. Water:
    • No added sweeteners
  6. Middle and High School: an electrolyte replacement beverage is compliant if:
    • Water as first ingredient, and
    • ≤ 2.1 grams added sweetener per 1 fl. oz., and
    • at least 10 but not more than 150 milligrams of sodium per 8 fl. oz., and
    • at least 10 but not more than 90 milligrams of potassium per 8 fl. oz, and,
    • no added caffeine.

Foods Sold by Elementary School Organizations

Effective during school hours.

Applies to food and beverage sales by student organization.

Student organization sales must meet all of the following:

  1. Only one kind of food or beverage may be sold.
  2. The food or beverage item must be pre-approved by the governing board of the school district.
  3. The sale must occur after the lunch period has ended.
  4. The food or beverage item cannot be prepared on campus.
  5. Each school is allowed four sales per year.
  6. The food or beverage item cannot be the same item sold in the food service program at that school during the same school day.

Foods Sold by Middle/High School Organizations

Effective during or after school hours.

Applies ONLY to food and beverage sales by student organizations.

Student organization sales must meet all of the following:

  1. Up to three categories of food and beverages may be sold each day (e.g., chips, sandwiches, juices, etc.).
  2. The food or beverage item must be pre-approved by the governing board of the school district.
  3. Only one student organization may be allowed to sell each day.
  4. The food or beverage item cannot be prepared on campus.
  5. The food or beverage categories sold cannot be the same as the categories sold in the food service program at that school during the same school day.
  6. Any and all student organizations may sell on the same four designated days per year.
References

For Elementary School Food and Beverage Restrictions: Education Code sections 49430, 49431, 49431.5, 49431.7; California Code of Regulations sections 15575, 15576, 15577, 15578.

For Middle/High School Food and Beverage Restrictions: Education Code sections 49430, 49431, 49431.2, 49431.5, 49431.7; California Code of Regulations sections 15575, 15576, 15577, 15578.

For Elementary School Organizations California Code of Regulations sections 15500; Code of Federal Regulations, Title 7, Section 210.11, Appendix B (Food of Minimal Nutritional Value).

For Elementary School Organizations California Code of Regulations sections 15501; Code of Federal Regulations, Title 7, Section 210.11, Appendix B (Food of Minimal Nutritional Value)..