The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition (JSI) supports healthy students and schools in Massachusetts with The A-List, an up-to-date and ever-expanding list of vending and snack products that meet the Massachusetts Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools and the USDA's Smart Snacks nutritional standards, whichever is stricter.
Don't see the product you are looking for? Try MassNETS, the Massachusetts Nutrition Evaluation Tool for Schools, to check if a product meets the Massachusetts School Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages.
In support of the HealthierUS School Challenge, product evaluations for Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold Award of Distinction levels have also been conducted and results are displayed alongside A-List products. Please note: This list is not reviewed or approved by USDA; products on this list are not endorsed by USDA and all products may not meet the Gold Award of Distinction criteria.
The Massachusetts Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools was passed in 2010 in response to the childhood obesity epidemic and became effective August 1, 2012.
These Standards apply to competitive foods and beverages sold or provided 30 minutes before the beginning of the school day until 30 minutes after the school day ends. However, foods and beverages sold in vending machines must meet the standards at all times.
In 2014, updates to The A-List were made to incorporate the USDA's Smart Snack nutritional standards. A brief summary of changes is available to review. As of August 2014, proposed changes to the Massachusetts Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health are currently under review by the Public Health Council. Once the state standards are finalized, additional A-List updates may be made - be sure to check back.
USDA policy memorandum SP 14-2012 Buy American Provision (SP 20-2006 Revised)
Current A-List in one PDF file - this version is based upon the Massachusetts Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages.
Distributors' list in one PDF file.