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What's Next on the School Force Food Agenda? School District Bans Ice Cream


School District Bans PTA Ice Cream Sales

School District Bans PTA Ice Cream Sales

Oct 5, 2012

By Todd Starnes

A New Jersey school district has ordered the PTA to stop selling ice cream to students on campus because the longtime fundraising violates state and federal law.

For years the PTA in Parsippany, New Jersey sold ice cream once a week on campuses across the district. The money was used to fund cultural arts programs and field trips for the students.

But earlier this week, the district superintendent sent a letter to the group informing the parents that those tiny cups of ice cream could no longer be sold on campus.

“We don’t know the full extent of the issue, but the PTA cannot sell ice cream during our lunch time hour,” PTA president Liz Kadian told Fox News. “It’s disturbing to many parents.”

Supt. LeRoy Seitz told Fox News that the district has no choice in the matter.

“While we fully understand that our students enjoyed the PTA ice cream fundraisers in the past and that the ice cream sale fundraiser was very successful for our PTAs, we cannot approve activities, including PTA ice cream sales that are in violation of state regulations,” he said in a statement.

The law forbids any food sale fundraising efforts during the “hours when our school nutritional program is in operation.”

“It is unfortunate that we cannot permit the PTA ice cream sales during the hours that lunch is being served and again, we have asked our principales to work with his or her PTA to find other opportunities to fundraise that are in compliance with state regulations,” he said.

“I think it’s ridiculous and a majority of the parents feel the same way,” Kadian told Fox News. “It’s a once-a-week treat.”

Dozens of parents are voicing their extreme displeasure about the new ice cream ban on the Parsippany Patch website.

“I can only imagine what will be next,” one parent wrote. “Will the school board start checking lunch boxes making sure that parents did not pack too many Twinkies or yodels?”

“Whether it is federal, state or local government-mandated, another piece of childhood innocence is being taken away,” another parent wrote. “How sad that an elementary school child can’t look forward to buying something as simple as an ice cream bar once a week.”

Last week more than 1,000 students at Parsippany Hills High School staged a strike against the cafeteria to protest federal guidelines governing portion size. As a result, a number of parents are now packing lunches for their children.

Kadian said she understands the USDA’s concerns over healthy lunches – but she noted that the ice cream they sold met state guidelines. The ice cream cups contained about four bites of – and the ice pops were sugar-free.

Teachers also used the weekly ice cream sale as an incentive – offering students the chance to earn certificates for a free treat.

But Kadian said the bigger issue is fundraising. Without the ice cream sales, many student activities could be jeopardized.

She said the PTA will be meeting soon to discuss their options.

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/school-district-bans-ice-cream.html

....I am only responsible for what I say,NOT for what you understand.....
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 1:22 PM
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Godgaveme4
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

 Completely private.  nothing in the school is public funded.  We survive on the generosity of priivate donors.  God has been good to us.

Oh and parent are still allowed to bring in home baked treats for the class.

I really do love our school.  And i am thankful for posts like this to remind me of that.  No government involvenment =excellent education and happy parents and kiddos.

The donut sale was a fundraiser that happens once a year to raise money fora class trip.  they also give 10% of their fundraiser to a charity of their choice.

Quoting Bookwormy:

I really hope this is a private schoo that receives no public funding for meals! That is disgusting!


Quoting Godgaveme4:

 Our ASB just sold boxes of krispy Kremes at lunch last week.  The kids loved it.  Next week the sophmores are selling candy.  All of it is for fundtraising.


And in the elementary the kids can choose ice cream as a side item.


I love my school!


 

Raintree
by Ruby Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Say what?

Quoting tessaloveof3:

Children do not develop a healthy relationship with food if they are told certain foods are forbidden from being sold at school.  Everything is fine in moderation and anyone that doesn't think that knows very little about nutrition and healthy eating habits and responsibility when it comes to food choices.

Quoting Sisteract:

I agree.

The sooner people learn that food is for fuel and not a reward, event, punishment, activity and highlight of the day, the better.

KIDS should be encouraged to develop a healthy relationship with food from the get go.

MOST Americans are deficient in this area.

It affects health and hc costs-

I would think that fiscal conservies would get it- it's $$$$$.

Quoting Bookwormy:

I really hope this is a private schoo that receives no public funding for meals! That is disgusting!


Quoting Godgaveme4:

 Our ASB just sold boxes of krispy Kremes at lunch last week.  The kids loved it.  Next week the sophmores are selling candy.  All of it is for fundtraising.


And in the elementary the kids can choose ice cream as a side item.


I love my school!





LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

 That is the most sexist remark I have ever seen you make.  Disgusting.

Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA:


Quoting GotSomeKids:

clapping

How about properly funding a lunch program so CAN give them correct portions of good food and properly fund education so we don't have to have ice cream fundraisers.

Oh wait, that is asking way too much.

Quoting tooptimistic:

You know if the schools/ first lady really cared about school lunches, processed crap food would be off menu, and the lunch ladies would actually be making real food for lunch.

Not smaller portions of crappy processed food, but real homecooked food.  Its not rocket science, its common sense. 

Michelle Obama is barking up the wrong tree.


Michele is ornamental, not functional. She needs to play her position.

 

Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM
Honestly, I can't imagine complaining about the absence of weekly ice cream as a parent. Bummer for the PTA. They can sell non-food trinkets instead tho. I also don't understand complaining about healthier meals provided by the schools.

My DD is deathly allergic to foods & I'll likely never trust the lunch line. So we have to come up with a healthy lunch daily. We always send her with healthy food, not just a lunchable, which isn't acceptable at her private preschool or kinder.
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tessaloveof3
by Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:29 PM
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Forbidding foods doesn't teach children that all things are acceptable in moderation.   Banning ice cream once a week doesn't teach children a healthy relationship with foods like that.   I am not sure I can make it any clearer for you.  Banning foods does not teach children how to live a healthy life.

Quoting Raintree:

Say what?

Quoting tessaloveof3:

Children do not develop a healthy relationship with food if they are told certain foods are forbidden from being sold at school.  Everything is fine in moderation and anyone that doesn't think that knows very little about nutrition and healthy eating habits and responsibility when it comes to food choices.

Quoting Sisteract:

I agree.

The sooner people learn that food is for fuel and not a reward, event, punishment, activity and highlight of the day, the better.

KIDS should be encouraged to develop a healthy relationship with food from the get go.

MOST Americans are deficient in this area.

It affects health and hc costs-

I would think that fiscal conservies would get it- it's $$$$$.

Quoting Bookwormy:

I really hope this is a private schoo that receives no public funding for meals! That is disgusting!


Quoting Godgaveme4:

 Our ASB just sold boxes of krispy Kremes at lunch last week.  The kids loved it.  Next week the sophmores are selling candy.  All of it is for fundtraising.


And in the elementary the kids can choose ice cream as a side item.


I love my school!






LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

 That is so wrong.  And so funny.

Quoting _Kissy_:

Chris Christie must want it all to himself.

 

mhaney03
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

they can't sell "treats" during school hours? LOL okay.

my 4th grader got a box of WFC bars and sold them to kids at recess, kids whose parents didn't allow them to partake in the fundraiser.  This was all teacher-approved, too.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Kids who are boycotting dietary appropriate proportions do not have a healthy relationship with food.

Parents who applaud KK donuts and candy because the kids love it, might need some education in terms of appropriate dietary choices.

These kids can still eat the crappy, processed American diet at home- the schools should not be part of it though.

Get it?

Not school sanctioned- education- that is what the school is for.

Not a dispensary for Twinkies, donuts, ice cream, condoms, cigarettes or soda.

Quoting tessaloveof3:

Forbidding foods doesn't teach children that all things are acceptable in moderation.   Banning ice cream once a week doesn't teach children a healthy relationship with foods like that.   I am not sure I can make it any clearer for you.  Banning foods does not teach children how to live a healthy life.

Quoting Raintree:

Say what?

Quoting tessaloveof3:

Children do not develop a healthy relationship with food if they are told certain foods are forbidden from being sold at school.  Everything is fine in moderation and anyone that doesn't think that knows very little about nutrition and healthy eating habits and responsibility when it comes to food choices.

Quoting Sisteract:

I agree.

The sooner people learn that food is for fuel and not a reward, event, punishment, activity and highlight of the day, the better.

KIDS should be encouraged to develop a healthy relationship with food from the get go.

MOST Americans are deficient in this area.

It affects health and hc costs-

I would think that fiscal conservies would get it- it's $$$$$.

Quoting Bookwormy:

I really hope this is a private schoo that receives no public funding for meals! That is disgusting!


Quoting Godgaveme4:

 Our ASB just sold boxes of krispy Kremes at lunch last week.  The kids loved it.  Next week the sophmores are selling candy.  All of it is for fundtraising.


And in the elementary the kids can choose ice cream as a side item.


I love my school!







Separation of church and state is for the protection of BOTH church and state.
Leading with hate and intolerance only leads to MORE hate and intolerance.
conweis
by Bronze Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM
Is the government going to reimburse them for the money they will lose?
How can you teach proper nutrition if there are not choices? Teach moderation, portion control and how to balance a meal.
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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:38 PM

HS kids were boycotting the nutritious foods and the portion sizes-

Should we put sodas and alcohol on the menu too- you know, to teach proper/good choices?

Quoting conweis:

Is the government going to reimburse them for the money they will lose?
How can you teach proper nutrition if there are not choices? Teach moderation, portion control and how to balance a meal.


Separation of church and state is for the protection of BOTH church and state.
Leading with hate and intolerance only leads to MORE hate and intolerance.
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