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  • Effective: 1/27/2009
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2013

  1. Board Directive

    The Board of Education is committed to good nutritional practices that enhance student learning.  The responsibility to establish requirements regarding vending machines and foods sold outside of the reimbursable meal service in schools is delegated to the District Administration.  The Board further recognizes vending revenues pay for many financial requirements for which secondary schools have no other funding source.
  2. Administrative Policy
    1. Vending Machines
      1. All agreements for vending machines shall be in writing in a contract form and approved by the Board of Education. Appropriate procurement bidding procedures and policies shall be followed when selecting vendors.
      2. Vending machines for faculty use only are acceptable at all schools and District facilities.  Proceeds may be used for staff appreciation or other school programs, as determined by the school principal or building administrator within the guidelines established by the District Financial Accounting Manual.  These funds should be accounted for separately from student-related vending activity.
      3. Vending machines distributing drinks or food with student access are only allowed at secondary schools.   (See Wellness Policy—AA446)
      4. Vending machines distributing items such as pencils, notebooks, etc., shall be allowed at all school levels.
      5. Acceptable uses of vending machine income shall be at the discretion of the school principal or building administrator, subject to rules outlined in the Financial Accounting Manual.
    2. Other Food Sales at Schools
      1. This policy includes food that is not part of the reimbursable lunch, breakfast or after-school snack program such as vending, a la carte, student-operated restaurants, or other food sales.
      2. Foods which contain minimal nutritional value are discouraged.
      3. Under current Federal School Lunch Regulations, no foods of minimal nutritional value can be sold in eating areas (anywhere in the school where students eat school lunches including classrooms and common areas) during school meal serving periods (7 CFR Part 210.11 and 220.12). The categories of ‘foods of minimal nutritional value’ include: carbonated beverages, water ices, chewing gum, and certain candies (hard candy, jellies and gums, marshmallow candies, fondant, licorice, spun candy, and candy coated popcorn).
      4. Foods in these categories are foods of minimal nutritional value unless the specific food item has been exempted from the category by the Food and Nutrition Services National Office.  Common items that are considered foods of minimal nutritional value include: Scooby Do and Welches Fruit Snacks, Spree candy, Twizzlers, Gobstoppers, Skittles, Starburst, gummi bears, crawlers, Swedish Fish, Mike and Ike, Jolly Ranchers, candied popcorns, Lifesavers, gum, Peach Rings, and Chewy Runts.
      5. Items that are not foods of minimal nutritional value (that are seen as having some nutritional value under these guidelines) include:  chips, cookies, donuts, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, most prepackaged lunches, caramel apples, and carrots/veggies with dip.