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.
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.
Steps for Product Evaluation for the JSI A-List
Please follow these 3 easy steps using the Massachusetts Nutrition Evaluation Tool for Schools, MassNETS, on our website:
- Select a category
- Enter the nutrition facts and answer questions about ingredients
- Enter Manufacturer and Product Name
If approved, submit the ingredient list, Nutrition Facts panel, and the product distributor and manufacturer information, including UPC, for review.
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.
A brief summary of changes for 2014 is available to review.
USDA policy memorandum SP 14-2012 Buy American Provision (SP 20-2006 Revised)