Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Governing Nutritional Guidelines for Competitive Foods Sold in Virginia Public Schools [8 VAC 20 ‑ 740]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description The regulatory action will include specific nutritional guidelines for foods sold to students throughout the school day on school grounds that are not part of the national school lunch or breakfast programs. The nutrient/ingredient areas to be addressed in these standards will include, but not be limited to, calories, fat, sugar, and sodium content. Evidence-based guidelines established by the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) or the Alliance for a Healthier Generation shall be used in establishing these statewide standards.
State Authority SB 414 (2010 ) enacted on April 13 , 2010 , as Chapter 718 and codified as Section 22.1-207.4 , Code of Virginia .
Federal Authority N/A
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation This regulation, required to be developed by Section 22.1-207.4, Code of Virginia, and pursuant to requirements in SB 414 (2010) will:
1. Establish nutritional guidelines for all “competitive foods” sold to public school students on school grounds during regular school hours.
2. Be based on the Institutes of Medicine's (IOM) Recommended Standards for Competitive Foods in Schools or the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Competitive Food Guidelines.
3. Require periodic review by the Board of Education with assistance from the Department of Health to ensure the nutritional guidelines developed as part of the regulations remain current, science-based, and consistent with any changes to federal law or regulations on competitive foods.
4. Require all local school boards to adopt the state nutritional guidelines as part of their existing wellness policies.

These required regulations are intended to implement nutritional standards for competitive foods sold in the public schools in response to concerns about increasing childhood obesity and its effects and the general goal of increasing the nutritional quality of foods offered in the school setting.
Meetings See all meetings (2) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Mrs. Catherine Digilio-Grimes  / Director of School Nutrition Programs
Address: P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)225-2074    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
CH 740: To establish nutritional guidelines for all foods sold to students in the public schools during the regular school day Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/18/2017.