SDE: Healthy Food Certification

Healthy Food Certification

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Section 10-215f of the Connecticut General Statutes requires that each board of education or governing authority for all public schools participating in the National School Lunch Program must certify annually to the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) whether the district will follow the Connecticut Nutrition Standards (CNS) for all foods sold to students separately from reimbursable school meals.

The CNS applies to all sources of food sales on school premises at all times including, but not limited to, school stores, vending machines, school cafeterias and any fundraising activities on school premises. Districts that choose the healthy food option of HFC receive an additional 10 cents per lunch, based on the total number of reimbursable lunches (paid, free and reduced) served in the prior school year.

Overview Additional Information

  • Complying with HFC (PowerPoint)  [PDF]
  • Ensuring District Compliance with HFC  [PDF]
  • Guide to Competitive Foods in Schools  [PDF]
  • HFC Overview  [PDF]
  • Q&A on Connecticut Statutes
    for School Foods and Beverages  [PDF]
  • Responsibilities of District Contact Person for HFC  [PDF]

  School Year 2015-16
  • HFC Districts  [PDF]
  • HFC Map  [PDF]
  • HFC Data  [PDF]

  • Application Forms
    Required forms that all public school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program must submit to the CSDE by July 1 of each year.
  • Connecticut Nutrition Standards
    State nutrition standards for all foods sold to
    students separately from reimbursable meals.
  • Documentation Forms
    Required forms that HFC districts must submit to
    the CSDE by November 30 of each year.
  • Evaluating Foods for Compliance
    Handouts and worksheets for determining whether
    foods comply with the Connecticut Nutrition Standards.
  • HFC Requirements
    Handouts, PowerPoint presentations and other resources to assist school districts with implementing HFC and meeting the statutory requirements.
  • List of Acceptable Foods and Beverages
    A brand-specific list of commercially prepared foods that meet the Connecticut Nutrition Standards and beverages that meet the requirements of state statute.
  • List of Vendor Contact Information
    A list of manufacturers, brokers and distributors that sell foods and beverages on the CSDE's List
    of Acceptable Foods and Beverages.
CONTACT:  Susan S. Fiore, M.S., R.D. at or 860-807-2075
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education Child Nutrition Programs
25 Industrial Park Road, Middletown, CT 06457
Telephone: 860-807-2050 Fax: 860-807-2127

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