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EFE Competitive Food Sales


The Veazie School Department 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 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 Veazie School Department might not otherwise be able to provide.

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

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 Committee permits the sale of food and beverages outside the total food program to:

  1. School staff
  2. Attendees at school sponsored events held on school property
  3. The public at community events held on school property in accordance with the Committee’s facilities use policy
  4. In state approved instructional Career and Technical (CTE) programs if consistent with the requirement that these programs not include foods of minimal nutritional value as defined in applicable federal regulations.

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 raise funds for schools or student activities, students, staff, parents, or school sponsored organizations involved in such sales are encouraged to include at least some healthy food choices.

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.

Legal Reference:         Chapter 51 (Department of Education Rule) (Child Nutrition Programs in Public Schools and Institutions)

Cross References:        Income from School Sales and Services
                                400.14 Student Fundraising Activities
                                200.9   Student Activities Funds
                                500.1   Community Use of School Facilities
                                Relations with Booster Organizations

First Reading:             09/06/05
Adopted:                  10/04/05