Connecticut Healthy Food Initiative
The West Hartford Board of Education has chosen to follow the State of Connecticut Healthy Food Initiative. All foods and beverages sold to students in school buildings during the school day must meet established standards for fat, saturated fat and trans fat, added sugar, and portion size. To view these standards in detail and review the list of approved foods and beverages go to:
At all schools, breakfast and lunch meals will, when averaged over the course of a week, meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Fresh fruit will be offered daily, fresh vegetables will be offered a minimum of two times per week, and whole grains will be offered at least three times per week. Beverage choices will be limited to low fat flavored or unflavored milk, 100% fruit juices, and water. A choice of two fruits and/or vegetables will be offered for sale a la carte each day including but not limited to fresh fruit, canned fruit in fruit juice or light syrup, 100% fruit juice, fresh vegetables, or cooked vegetables. A serving of fruit and a serving of vegetable is included daily with each meal.
Elementary School Students will be limited to one a la carte snack per day.
At all schools, a la carte packaged snacks will meet the following standards:
- Total fat - No more than 35% of total calories and 7 grams per package.
- Saturated fat - No more than 10% of calories and 2 grams of fat per package.
- Trans fat - Zero trans fats (< 0.5 gram) per package.
- Added Sugars - No more than 35% by weight and 15 grams per package and no artificial sweetners or sugar alcohols.
- Sodium - No more than 480 milligrams per package.
- Caffeine - No caffeine with the exception of trace amounts that are naturally occurring.
Elementary Travelling Salad Bar