Policy - EFE

POLICY:  EFE

EFFECTIVE DATE: 3/2/16

CANCELS SHEET DATED:  3/1/06

REVIEWED BY POLICY COMMITTEE: 1/20/16

 

 

COMPETITIVE FOOD SALES–SALES OF FOODS IN COMPETITION

WITH THE SCHOOL FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

 

 

The RSU #74 Board supports good nutrition as part of a school environment that contributes to student health and encourages positive food choices and eating habits.  The RSU #74 Board believes that nutrition influences a student’s ability to take full advantage of the school system’s educational program and is, therefore, related to student achievement.

 

The RSU #74 Board also recognizes that proceeds from the sale of foods and beverages outside of the School Lunch Program (“competitive foods”) are a significant source of funds for student activities that RSU #74 might not otherwise be able to provide.

 

The RSU #74 Board has adopted this policy to govern the sale of foods and beverages on school property.

 

RESTRICTION ON SALE OF COMPETITIVE FOODS

 

Maine Department of Education Rule Chapter 51 mandates that any food or beverage sold at any time on school property of a school participating in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs shall be a planned part of the total food service program[1] of the school and shall include only those items which contribute both to the nutritional needs of children and the development of desirable food habits, and shall not include foods of minimal nutritional value as defined in applicable federal regulations[2], except as provided for by RSU #74 Board policy in certain circumstances.

 

As allowed by Rule Chapter 51, the RSU #74 Board permits the sale of food and beverages outside the total food program to:

 

1.)     School staff

 

2.)     Attendees at school-sponsored events held on school property  

 

3.)     The public at community events held on school property in accordance with RSU #74 Board’s facilities use policy

 

4.)     In State-approved instructional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs if consistent with the requirement that these programs not include foods of minimal nutritional value as defined in applicable federal regulations.

 

5.)     By an RSU #74 approved student organization or program if consistent with the requirement that such sales not include foods of minimal nutritional value as defined in 7 C.F.R. § 210.11(a)(2) unless the entity is open to the public.

 

 

This policy applies to sales of foods and beverages at any time on RSU #74 school property by any person, group or organization.

 

When foods and beverages are sold to raise funds for RSU #74 schools or student activities, students, staff, parents, or school-sponsored organizations involved in such sales are encouraged to include at least some healthy food choices.

 

Events held by outside parties and faculty are not subject to this policy

 

FUNDS FROM SALES OF COMPETITIVE FOODS

 

Funds from all food and beverage sales made at any time on RSU #74 school property shall accrue to the benefit of the RSU #74 school’s non-profit school food service program, except that funds raised through authorized sales outside the total food service program shall accrue to the sponsoring organization or approved school/student organization in accordance with applicable policies, cash-management procedures and administrative directives.

 

DOE staff also confirmed that foods of minimal nutritional value may be sold by approved student organizations when an event held on RSU #74 school property is open to the public.  However, students may not sell foods of minimal nutritional value if an event is not open to the public.  Boosters may also sell foods of minimal nutritional value if the event is open to the public, e.g., basketball games.

 

DELEGATION OF RESPONSIBILITY

 

The Superintendent shall be responsible for enforcement of this policy. An RSU #74 employee who observes conduct he/she believes to be a violation of this policy or is informed of such conduct by a parent, student or community member should contact the building administrator or Superintendent.

 

 

 

Legal Reference:         Ch. 51 (Dept. of Educ. Rule) (Child Nutrition Programs in

                                                 Public Schools and Institutions)

 

Cross References:       DFF— Income From School Sales and Services

JJE— Student Fundraising Activities

JJF— Student Activities Funds

KF— Community Use of School Facilities

KJA— Relations with Booster Organizations



[1]According to DOE Rule Chapter 51 (1)(b), the “Total Food Service Program” includes the federal Milk Program as defined in 7 C.F.R. § 215; the federal Breakfast Program, which means the federal program under which a breakfast that meets the nutritional requirements set forth in 7 C.F.R. § 220 is offered; the National School Lunch Program (including the After School Snack), which means the federal program under which the school operates a nonprofit lunch program that meets the requirements of 7 C.F.R.§ 210; or any combination of these programs.

[2]“Foods of minimal nutritional value” as defined in 7 C.F.R. § 210.11 means: (a) In the case of artificially sweetened foods, a food which provides less than 5 percent of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for each of the eight specified nutrients per serving; (b) in the case of all other foods, a food which provides less than 5 percent of the RDI for each of eight specified nutrients per 100 calories and less than 5 percent of the RDI for each of eight specified nutrients per serving.  The eight nutrients to be assessed for this purpose are: protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, calcium, and iron.  This definition is applicable to foods that are part of the total food service program of the school, and foods and beverages sold at food sales, school stores, and in vending machines.  A listing of “Categories of Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value” is in Appendix B to 7 C.F.R. Part 210 (National School Lunch Program).