Fort Mill School District
2233 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715
P: (803) 548-2527 | F: (803) 547-4696

Food Fundraiser Policy
Any food sold during the school day on the school campus must met Federal Smart Snack Standards and Fort Mill School District Policies. At the discretion of the school Principal, schools are allowed exempt food fundraisers. 

Key Federal “Smart Snacks” Exempt Fundraiser Definitions

NOTE: Additional information on the entire Smart Snacks Interim Final Rule is available at http://www.fns.usda.gov/healthierschoolday/tools-schools-smart-snacks .

Competitive food” means all food and beverages (other than breakfast, lunch, and afterschool snacks served by the cafeteria) available for purchase by students during the school day on a school campus. 

Exempt fundraiser” means infrequent, school-sponsored, food-based fundraisers that do not meet Smart Snacks standards. These exceptions cannot include canteens, vending machines, or school stores that regularly sell food throughout the school year.

Food” includes food and beverages, as well as side items and condiments.

Food service area” means any centralized location on a school campus where breakfast and lunch are normally prepared, served, and/or consumed by students. This definition includes a commons area if students are expected to eat meals there.

School day” means the period from the midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day.

School campus” means all areas of property under the jurisdiction of the school that are accessible to students during the school day.

Smart Snacks” means the Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School Interim Final Rule, as established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) pursuant to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

Sold” means the use of money, tokens, coupons, etc. This definition also includes situations where a donation is expected or suggested.


Key Federal Exempt Fundraiser Requirements

 Schools must document all exempt fundraisers.

 Exempt fundraisers must be consistent with district and/or school wellness policies.

 Canteens, vending machines, and school stores that regularly sell food throughout the school year cannot qualify as exempt fundraisers.

 Exempt fundraisers cannot be held in a food service area during breakfast or lunch periods.

 Food sold by culinary arts programs or other curriculum offerings is subject to Smart Snacks standards.


 “Smart Snacks” Individual Exempt Fundraiser Determination

1. Is this fundraiser consistent with the district and/or school’s local wellness policies? See Policies

           -ADF- School Wellness
              -EFE- Competitive Food Sales and Vending
           -JLCDD- Food Allergies

Yes = continue

No = STOP! This cannot be an exempt fundraiser.

2. Will the food be sold?

Yes = continue

No = no exemption required, but check wellness policies

3. Will the food be sold during the school day for consumption on the school campus?

Yes = continue

No = no exemption required, but check local wellness policy

4. Will the food be sold in a canteen, vending machine, or school store?

Yes = STOP! This cannot be an exempt fundraiser.

No = continue

5. Does the food meet federal Smart Snacks nutritional requirements?

Yes = no exemption required, but must meet Wellness Policies

I don’t know = use the Smart Snacks calculator at  http://rdp.healthiergeneration.org/calc/calculator/

No = continue

6. Will the food be sold in the food service area during breakfast and/or lunch?

Yes = STOP! This cannot be an exempt fundraiser.

No = Complete appropriate School Paperwork to seek permission for Fundraiser.