Smart Snacks/Healthy Kids Act

Healthy Kids Act: Updates Regarding Birthday Treats, Individual Snacks, Eating Lunch with Your Student, Classroom Treats, & Fundraising

The Urbandale Community School District promotes a learning environment that supports students in developing lifelong healthy behaviors including healthy nutritional practices and regular physical activity. Urbandale CSD aligns health and wellness practices with the Iowa Healthy Kids Act which establishes physical activity requirements and nutritional content standards for food and beverages sold on or provided on school grounds from midnight to 4:00 p.m. The USDA has developed “Smart Snacks in Schools” standards that adhere to guidelines in the Healthy Kids Act. More information is provided below for families to reference when providing birthday treats, individual snacks, classroom treats, fundraising events, and eating lunch with your student during the school day.

You’re also welcome to view the Smart Snacks Calculator to see if an item meets the Smart Snacks in Schools standards. For additional student health and wellness information, please review the Urbandale CSD’s Board Policy 518. Thank you for your cooperation and support as we continue making the health and well-being of all students a top priority.


Birthday Treats

  • All treats must be store-bought and pre-packaged, or may be purchased through the Urbandale CSD Nutrition Services Catering Program (see below Option 2). No homemade treats may be brought to school to share with the class.
  • Treats that are to be shared with the entire class for celebratory reasons (e.g. birthday treats) are encouraged to meet the Smart Snacks in Schools nutritional standards, but are not required to do so.
  • Treats provided for celebratory reasons (i.e. birthday treats) will be consumed after lunch. These snacks must be confined to the classroom; snacks are not to leave the classroom.
  • Food allergies can be severe and life-threatening which is why Urbandale CSD is an Allergy-Aware District. Parents, guardians, and students are encouraged to be mindful of food allergies (e.g. peanut, tree-nut, soy, gluten, etc.) when providing snacks. Always check with your child’s classroom teacher to confirm the presence of any food allergies in your child’s classroom. If there is an allergy present, treats will need to follow allergy guidelines. 

Individual Student Snacks (personal daily snacks)

  • We encourage students bringing individual snacks from home to bring snacks that meet the Smart Snacks in Schools nutritional standards, but are not required to do so.
  • Food allergies can be severe and life-threatening which is why Urbandale CSD is an Allergy-Aware District. Parents, guardians, and students are encouraged to be mindful of food allergies (e.g. peanut, tree-nut, soy, gluten, etc.) when providing snacks. Always check with your child’s classroom teacher to confirm the presence of any food allergies in your child’s classroom. If there is an allergy present, snacks will need to follow allergy guidelines.

Lunch With Your Student

  • Family members who wish to eat with their student(s) in the lunchroom are encouraged to purchase a school lunch to eat along with their student(s) in the cafeteria.
  • If possible, schools will establish a separate location outside of the school lunchroom for parents who bring commercially prepared food (i.e. “fast food”) to the school for themselves and/or their child to consume. Before bringing food from outside vendors into the cafeteria, please check with your school to confirm if a separate location is available; many schools do not have a separate location outside of the school lunchroom so food from outside vendors may not be allowed.
  • While students are encouraged to bring a healthy lunch, a student’s individual lunch brought from home is not required to meet the Healthy Kids Act nutrition standards.
  • Food allergies can be severe and life-threatening which is why Urbandale CSD is an Allergy-Aware district. Parents, guardians, and students are encouraged to be mindful of food allergies (e.g. peanut, tree-nut, soy, gluten, etc.) when packing lunches. Always check with your child’s classroom teacher to confirm the presence of any food allergies in your child’s classroom.

Classroom Parties and Fundraising Events

School sponsored events must follow the Healthy Kids Act guidelines as related to food consumption. If families would like to provide snacks for their child’s class party (i.e. classroom parties, school-wide celebrations) then the snacks must meet the Smart Snacks in Schools standards as the classroom party is a school-sanctioned activity.

In addition, all food and beverages sold to students for fundraising activities that take place from midnight to 4:00 p.m. must meet the Smart Snacks in Schools standards. The standards do not apply for fundraising events that take place during non-school hours, on weekends, and at off-campus fundraising events.

Families, schools, and PTOs have two options for providing Smart Snacks for classroom parties and fundraising events:

Option 1: Purchase Smart Snacks at the Grocery Store

Option 2: Order Smart Snacks through Urbandale CSD Nutrition Services Catering (we deliver!) Please place order at least one week in advance.

 Thank you!