Policy Summary

Requires children's meals accompanied by toys or other incentive items to meet specific nutritional standards. Fines, charges, and penalties collected for violations that are not used to cover enforcement costs are to deposited in a separate fund to fund for obesity prevention and education.

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name Santa Clara County
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Creates a fund, enables access to a funding stream
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Children (sec. A18-350).

Health-related goal?

Promoting healthy options, healthy eating choices, specified nutritional criteria (sec. A18-350).

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"[T]o improve the health of children and adolescents in the County by promoting healthy children's meals and setting healthy nutritional standards for children's meals accompanied by toys or other incentive items. This chapter will support families seeking healthy eating choices for their children by promoting healthy options when beverages are included or offered in children's meals and permitting restaurants to offer toys and other incentive items only in conjunction with foods meeting specified nutritional criteria. This chapter imposes no requirement for the labeling of food or beverages." Sec. A18-350.

Includes definitions?

Sec. A18-351.

Addresses implementation?

Enforcement provisions?

Incremental fines from $250, to $500, to $1,000, and regulatory fees. Sec. A18-354.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Part of Title A, General and Administration; Division A18, Health and Welfare; Chapter XXII, Healthy Restaurant Meals for Children. (Ord. No. NS-300.908, § 3, 5-9-17).