June 1, 2010
Source: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Competitive foods and beverages include all items served or sold in schools outside of federally reimbursable meal programs. Competitive products are commonly sold in vending machines, à la carte lines in the cafeteria, school stores and snack bars. Among
elementary school students, classroom parties, student rewards, bake sales and other fundraisers also are major
sources of such items. This brief reviews research on the sale and consumption of competitive foods and beverages in schools. It also presents the latest findings on the availability of these products among U.S. elementary school students.