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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, developed nutrition standards for certain foods and drinks sold or provided during the school day.

The nutrition standards apply to competitive foods and beverages sold or made available in public schools from midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day. The Massachusetts standards have been aligned with USDA federal standards for competitive foods and beverages and apply to foods and beverages sold or provided in:

  • School cafeterias offered as à la carte items
  • Vending machines (must comply at all times)
  • School stores and snack bars

View a chart of these competitive foods and beverages: Massachusetts Competitive Foods and Beverages "At a Glance" Chart  pdf format of Competitive Foods and Beverages At a Glance Chart
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The standards do not apply to foods and beverages sold as part of a federal nutrition program such as the School Breakfast Program, School Lunch Program, or the Child and Adult Care Food Program (all of which follow USDA national guidelines). The standards also do not apply to foods or beverages sold or provided at booster sales, concession stands, and other school-sponsored or school-related fundraisers and events.


This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.