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California Competitive Food Standards Compliance Calculator

BEFORE YOU BEGIN – Does this calculator apply to you? 
YES: California non-charter public schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP) – continue to the Project LEAN Calculator. (Non-charter schools participating in NSLP or SBP must comply with both state and federal competitive food standards.)

YES, but: The Project LEAN calculator does not account for the additional set of California regulations relating to foods and beverages sold by Student Organizations. Please refer to the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, sections 15500-15501 at, in addition to using this calculator—click on Search (top right corner) then type 5 in the Title box, then type 15500 (or 15501) in the Section box.

No: California charter or private schools participating in NSLP or SBP, please click
here to use the federal Smart Snacks Product Calculator (charter or private schools participating in NSLP or SBP are only required to comply with federal competitive food standards.) 

Note on Upcoming Changes July 1, 2016:

Two changes to these standards will take effect July 1, 2016 and the calculator will be updated at that time.

1. The sodium limit for Competitive Snacks (but not entrées) will decrease to = <200 milligrams per item or container.
2. The General Nutrition Standard allowing a food that contains 10 percent of the daily value for calcium, potassium, Vitamin D, or fiber will no longer be valid.

After July 1, 2016 please reassess to make sure products meet the updated standards.

 For more information regarding Competitive Foods, visit the California Department of Education’s web site, 

To send a message regarding this calculator, or if you detect any problems, please write to: [email protected].