EFE Competitive Food Sales


SAD #4 supports good nutrition as part of a school environment that contributes to student health and encourages positive food choices and eating habits. The Board 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 Board 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 district might not otherwise be able to provide.

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


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
1 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 regulations2, except as provided for by school board policy in certain circumstances.

As allowed by Rule Chapter 51, the Board 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 Board’s facilities use policy. 

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, booster organizations, or school-sponsored organizations involved in such sales, including approved fundraisers outside of school, are required to include at least some healthy food and beverage choices (Foods above minimal nutritional value according to 7 CFR 210.11).


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.

Vending machines on SAD #4 property shall not dispense food or drink items determined to be below minimal nutritional value. Proceeds from vending machines operated by organizations approved by the school Principal shall go to said organization. These machines shall not operate during school hours in competition with the school food service program. Vending machines operated by these approved organizations may only operate when the school is open to the public for various community activities, events, and programs.

Legal Reference:     Ch. 51
(Dept. of Educ. Rule) (Child Nutrition Programs in Public Schools and Institutions)

Cross References:     
JJE -  Student Fundraising Activities
KF - Community Use of School Facilities

Adopted: December 13, 2005

1. According to DOE Rule Chapter 51 (1)(b), the “Total Food Service Program” includes the federal Milk Program as defined in 7 C.F.R. § 215; the federal Breakfast Program, which means the federal program under which a breakfast that meets the nutritional requirements set forth in 7 C.F.R. § 220 is offered; the National School Lunch Program (including the After School Snack), which means the federal program under which the school operates a nonprofit lunch program that meets the requirements of 7 C.F.R.§ 210; or any combination of these programs.

2. “Foods of minimal nutritional value” as defined in 7 C.F.R. § 210.11 means: (a) In the case of artificially sweetened foods, a food which provides less than 5 percent of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for each of the eight specified nutrients per serving; (b) in the case of all other foods, a food which provides less than 5 percent of the RDI for each of eight specified nutrients per 100 calories and less than 5 percent of the RDI for each of eight specified nutrients per serving. The eight nutrients to be assessed for this purpose are: protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, calcium, and iron. This definition is applicable to foods that are part of the total food service program of the school, and foods and beverages sold at food sales, school stores, and in vending machines. A listing of “Categories of Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value” is in Appendix B to 7 C.F.R. Part 210 (National School Lunch Program).

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