Snacking between regular meals can be a great source for providing extra calories for growing children. It is important for parents and caregivers to regulate whether a child's snacking is nourishing their bodies for necessary day to day activity or if those snacks are becoming a source of excess calories and in turn contributing to weight gain and childhood obesity.

     This question can be answered by paying close attention to where children are snacking and what snacks they are choosing to eat throughout the day. If a child is not interested in eating during mealtimes or not eating as much as usual, this could be a sign that they are snacking inappropriately.

     With normal breakfast and lunch consumption, school age children should need nothing more than  one mid-morning/mid-afternoon milk or snack to provide them with the energy they need during the school day.


     Snacks should be given at least 2 hours prior to lunch so it does not interfere with the children’s meals.   


     Avoid snacks that are high in calories, fat, and sugar. 


 

   The Food Service Department has provided the new guidelines for School Day Snacks. These guidelines include "food" snacks served at schools, birthday treats, and school day celebrations.  The Food Service Department also provided School Day Snack Suggestions  for families who wish to send food with their child for their school day snack.