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The Government Is Cracking Down on School Bake Sales

Posted by on Jul. 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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The Government Is Cracking Down on School Bake Sales

States are trying to circumvent federal nutrition standards that would limit sugary foods at school fundraisers.



Barely a month after federal regulations for school cafeterias kicked in, states are already pushing back.

Specifically, they're fighting nutrition standards that would considerably alter one of the most sacred rituals of the American public school system: bake sales.

Twelve states have established their own policies to circumvent regulations in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that apply to "competitive snacks," or any foods and beverages sold to students on school grounds that are not part of the Agriculture Department's school meal programs, according to the National Association of State Boards of Education. Competitive snacks appear in vending machines, school stores, and food and beverages, including items sold at bake sales.

 

Georgia is the latest state to announce an exemption to the federal regulations, which became effective July 1 for thousands of public schools across the country. Its rule would allow 30 food-related fundraising days per school year that wouldn't meet the new healthy nutritional standards, which call for more healthy options and less junk food that could contribute to the nation's child-obesity problem.

The pushback is not about students' taste buds, but their wallets. Food fundraisers are a crucial source of revenue for schools, state education officials say. "Tough economic times have translated into fewer resources and these fundraisers allow our schools to raise a considerable amount of money for very worthwhile education programs," the Georgia Department of Education wrote in a recent press release. "While we are concerned about the obesity epidemic, limiting food-and-beverage fundraisers at schools and school-related events is not the solution to solving it."

School lunch standards proposed in 2012 involve more of the good stuff, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and less of the bad, such as salt-coated fries smothered in melted cheese. (National Journal)

The statement called the federal guidelines on fundraisers "an absolute overreach of the federal government."

Tennessee also plans to allow 30 food-fundraising days that don't comply with federal standards per school year. Idaho will allow 10, while Illinois is slowly weaning schools off their bake sales, hoping to shrink them from an annual 36 days to nine days in the next three years. Florida and Alabama are considering creating their own exemption policies.

State-level resistance to the healthy-eating regulations has support in Washington. This spring, Republicans tried to delay implementation of new school cafeteria requirements by one year through a proposed 2015 Agriculture Department spending bill.

Proponents of the requirements, meanwhile, have scoffed at Georgia's suggestion of a War on Brownies. "Pushing back on so-called federal government overreach by allowing a huge number of unhealthy school fundraisers is not only bad politics, it's irresponsible, puts children's health at risk, and undermines parents' efforts to feed their children healthfully," Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest told Politico on Friday. "There are plenty of healthy fundraising options that are practical—and as or more profitable than selling junk food."

Sure, they could be practical. But are they delicious?

VIDEO HERE:  http://www.nationaljournal.com/domesticpolicy/the-government-is-cracking-down-on-school-bake-sales-20140725

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by Gold Member on Jul. 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

In MY area, these fundraisers and bake sales are targeted to the adults, not the students.  The kids are not allowed to sell the products while in school, or on the bus, etc.  It is strictly an opt-in, extra-curricular activity.  I have to sign that my child is allowed to participate, and then usually, I end up doing the selling as well.  All I can think is that they see money from such fundraising activities as blood money or something.

cjsbmom
by Bronze Member on Jul. 26, 2014 at 12:39 PM
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Oh FFS, that is ridiculous! If you go to these kinds of bake sales, or an event where they are happening, you (general you) know that the food is junk food when you purchase it. I know I don't expect a nutritious meal when I buy hotdogs and brownies at something like this. It's just buyer beware, as far as I'm concerned. You buy it knowing what you're getting and take that risk. The government should just butt the hell out. 

PamR
by Platinum Member on Jul. 26, 2014 at 6:07 PM
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We like our kids fat in Georgia. 

Godgaveme4
by Bronze Member on Jul. 26, 2014 at 6:15 PM
Thankful my kids attend private school and I do not have to worry about this!

mcdun
by Humboldt California on Jul. 26, 2014 at 6:44 PM
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so stuffing your children with under baked cookies and over backed brownies is a sacred American tradition? Since when? 

mcdun
by Humboldt California on Jul. 26, 2014 at 6:45 PM

I'm thankful I home-school my children I don't have to worry at all about this sort of thing and I know what my children are learning! 

Quoting Godgaveme4: Thankful my kids attend private school and I do not have to worry about this!


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Godgaveme4
by Bronze Member on Jul. 26, 2014 at 6:50 PM
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A bake sale is a quick and easy way to raise money. And it is something the students can plan on their own, depending on their age.

Our students have had a number of them to help a school family or someone in our community. I love to see them impact their community.


Quoting mcdun:

I'm thankful I home-school my children I don't have to worry at all about this sort of thing and I know what my children are learning! 

Quoting Godgaveme4: Thankful my kids attend private school and I do not have to worry about this!

-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Jul. 26, 2014 at 7:41 PM
Wonder what the obesity and diabetic statistics for those states are..
littlemum41
by Silver Member on Jul. 26, 2014 at 8:52 PM
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 Schools here haven't allowed bake sales for a long time. Nobody is crying about it.  Moms are not allowed  to take cake to school for Birthdays . Many reasons, none havng to do with any Government orders. The Schools are aware of the growing numbers of food allergies in kids and they question the sanitary standards of home baking, for example.

I am sure that kids will do just fine without cakes and there are better way of Fund Raising than selling sweets,too.

mcdun
by Humboldt California on Jul. 26, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Yah um I know what a bake sale is. 

Quoting Godgaveme4: A bake sale is a quick and easy way to raise money. And it is something the students can plan on their own, depending on their age. Our students have had a number of them to help a school family or someone in our community. I love to see them impact their community.
Quoting mcdun:

I'm thankful I home-school my children I don't have to worry at all about this sort of thing and I know what my children are learning! 

Quoting Godgaveme4: Thankful my kids attend private school and I do not have to worry about this!


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