Texas Public School Nutrition Policy
The Texas Department of Agriculture has implemented the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy (TPSNP) and all schools participating in the federal child nutrition programs; National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program must comply with this policy. To view the policy, click on TPSNP. These policies expand each school year so be sure you look for the latest version. Violations of the TPSNP policy can make the district subject to substantial fines.
Foods of Minimal Nutrition Value
Foods of minimal nutritional value are foods that have little to no nutritional value and are greatly restricted by the TPSNP. These foods are not allowed to be provided to students any time anywhere on school premises by anyone (including guest speakers) until the end of the last scheduled class. For a complete listing of FMNVs is found on pages 12 & 13 of TPSNP.
All food and beverages that are not provided by school food service are considered “competitive foods”. At the elementary and intermediate campuses, competitive foods are not allowed to be provided to students any time anywhere on school premises until after the end of the last scheduled class. At the middle school/high school campus, competitive foods are not allowed on school premises 30 minutes before to 30 minutes after meal periods. All foods, beverages, and snacks must comply with the nutrition standards and portion size restrictions in this policy.
SNACKS- Elementary classrooms may serve one nutritious snack per day in the morning or afternoon if approved by the campus principal. Prepackaged snacks must comply with the fat and sugar limits of the TPSNP and must be single-size servings. All snacks (homemade and pre-packaged) may not contain any FMNVs or consist of candy or dessert type items.
BIRTHDAY PARTIES- Foods otherwise restricted by the policy are permitted at student birthday parties but not in areas where reimbursable meals are being sold. It is recommended such parties be scheduled after the end of the class’s lunch period so that these celebrations will not replace a nutritious lunch.
TAKS- Schools and parents may provide one additional nutritious snack per day for students taking the TAKS test. As with classroom snacks, these must comply with limits outlined in the TPSNP.
FIELD TRIPS- The nutrition policy does not apply to students who leave campus for campus-approved field trips or to travel to athletic, UIL, band or other competitions.