NOTICE: Coronavirus Guidance for School Districts: Per Governor’s executive order, in-school class cancellations remain in effect until at least April 20, 2020.
Emergency Meal Programs: The State Department of Education is authorizing two distinct categories of COVID-19 Emergency Meal Programs in accordance with federal requirements: 1) COVID-19 Emergency Meal Program Limited to Students Attending School in Specific Districts. School districts on this list are only authorized to serve meals to students attending their schools, and any other child age 18 years or younger residing in the same household; 2) COVID-19 Community-wide Emergency Meal Program for Children. Any child age 18 years or younger can receive meal(s) at any meal service and distribution sites in these towns/cities. They do not have to be a resident or attend school in these towns/cities. Check these links often as more locations continue to be added.

Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards


General Information

Allowable Foods and Beverages

  • List of Acceptable Foods and Beverages (CSDE)
  • Smart Snacks Calculator (Alliance for a Healthier Generation)
     The Smart Snacks Calculator cannot be used to determine if foods comply with the Connecticut Nutrition Standards, which are stricter than Smart Snacks. In addition to complying with Smart Snacks, all Connecticut public school districts must comply with the state beverage requirements of C.G.S. Section 10-221q. Some stricter provisions of the state beverage statute supersede the Smart Snacks beverage standards. If a beverage meets the Smart Snacks nutrition standards, public schools must check to see that it also complies with C.G.S. Section 10-221q. Compliant beverages are listed on the CSDE's List of Acceptable Foods and Beverages webpage. 

Competitive Foods

Culinary Programs




School Stores

Vending Machines