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H525 - Sales of Food in Competition with the Food Service Program

Policy H525: Sales of Foods in Competition with

the School Food Service Program

The Hancock School Committee supports good nutrition as part of a school environment that contributes to student health and encourages positive food choices and eating habits.  The School Committee 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 School Committee 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 the Hancock School Department might not otherwise be able to provide.

The School Committee has adopted this policy to govern the sale of foods and beverages on school property.

1.     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 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, except as provided for by school committee policy in certain circumstances.

As allowed by Rule Chapter 51, the Hancock School Committee permits the sale of food and beverages outside the total food program:

A.   To school staff;

B.    To attendees at school-sponsored community events held on school property (i.e., school-sponsored events that are open to the public);

C.    To the public at community events held on school property in accordance with the Hancock School Committee’s facilities use policy;

D.   By a school, 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) and determined by the Food Service Manager.

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

When foods and beverages are sold to attendees at community events sponsored by the school or held on school property, students, staff, parents, or school-sponsored organizations involved in such sales are encouraged to include at least some healthy food choices.

2.     Funds from Sales of Competitive Foods

Funds from all food and beverage sales made at any time on school property shall accrue to the benefit of the 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 school or approved student organization in accordance with applicable policies, cash-management procedures and administrative directives, or to the sponsor of a community event that is held on school property in accordance with the School Committee’s facilities use policy.

3.     Delegation of Responsibility

The Principal shall be responsible for enforcement of this policy.  Anyone who observes conduct believed to be a violation of this policy or who is informed of such conduct by a parent, student or community member should contact the Principal.


Adopted: 3/19/14