The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition (JSI) supports healthy students and schools in Massachusetts with The A-List, an up-to-date and ever-expanding list of vending and snack products that meet the Massachusetts Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools and the USDA's Smart Snacks nutritional standards, whichever is stricter.
Don't see the product you are looking for? Try MassNETS, the Massachusetts Nutrition Evaluation Tool for Schools, to check if a product meets the Massachusetts School Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages.
A-List products meet the criteria for all levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Award of Distinction) of the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms. Please note: This list is not reviewed or approved by USDA; products on this list are not endorsed by USDA.
Steps for Product Evaluation for the JSI A-List
Submit the following via e-mail to
- Manufacturer's item UPC
- Distributor information, including company name, address, telephone, fax, email and contact person
- Nutritional data for product(s) which must include the official nutrition panel(s) and ingredient list(s) found on the package label of each product
Annual re-evaluation of all items on the A-List is required. Please note that product evaluation by JSI is not mandatory, however, compliance of these Standards is required in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools was passed in 2010 in response to the childhood obesity epidemic and became effective August 1, 2012. In 2014, the standards were updated to incorporate USDA Smart Snack standards. The final standards went into effect December 5, 2014
These Standards apply to competitive foods and beverages sold or provided until 30 minutes after the school day ends. However, foods and beverages sold in vending machines must meet the standards at all times.
A brief summary of changes for 2014 is available to review.
USDA policy memorandum SP 14-2012 Buy American Provision (SP 20-2006 Revised)