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.

The A-List is updated weekly and all products are re-evaluated annually in January. Available downloads: Current A-List in one PDF file and the Distributors' list in one PDF file.

Don't see the product you are looking for? Go to MassNETS, the Massachusetts Nutrition Evaluation Tool for Schools, to evaluate the product to determine if it meets the Massachusetts Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools and the USDA's Smart Snacks nutritional standards, whichever is stricter.

Please follow these 5 easy steps using the Massachusetts Nutrition Evaluation Tool for Schools, MassNETS, on our website:

  1. Select a product category
  2. Enter the nutrition information
  3. Ensure the ingredients are compliant
  4. See the results
  5. Submit the product for A-list approval

Please note that product evaluation by JSI is not mandatory, however, compliance to both the state and federal standards is required in Massachusetts. Questions? Please email .

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. An easy reference guide to the updated standards can be found at Massachusetts Competitive Foods and Beverages "At a Glance" Chart.

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.