Monday, May 7, 2012

State’s junk food ban could take bite out of school fundraisers

Do you see where we are headed? Everyday it's a new assault on our freedoms and choices. How is that these arrogant government fools think they are so high and mighty that they can choose what we eat and drink? Why do we keep putting up with this? Why do we keep re-electing these people? Have we become so complacent as a people that we will stand idly by and allow them to take away everything that makes us Americans?

What has happened to us? Where has our spirit gone? Have we conservatives had our head down and nose to the grindstone for so long that we have forgotten how to stand up for ourselves?

This story is absolutely ridiculous. If the people of Massachusetts allow this to stand, I will give up hope for them. I know that it is a blue State, but wrong is wrong no matter what side of the aisle you reside on...

By Laurel J. Sweet and Chris Cassidy - The Boston Herald

Bake sales, the calorie-laden standby cash-strapped classrooms, PTAs and booster clubs rely on, will be outlawed from public schools as of Aug. 1 as part of new no-nonsense nutrition standards, forcing fundraisers back to the blackboard to cook up alternative ways to raise money for kids.

At a minimum, the nosh clampdown targets so-called “competitive” foods — those sold or served during the school day in hallways, cafeterias, stores and vending machines outside the regular lunch program, including bake sales, holiday parties and treats dished out to reward academic achievement. But state officials are pushing schools to expand the ban 24/7 to include evening, weekend and community events such as banquets, door-to-door candy sales and football games.

The Departments of Public Health and Education contend clearing tables of even whole milk and white bread is necessary to combat an obesity epidemic affecting a third of the state’s 1.5 million students. But parents argue crudites won’t cut it when the bills come due on athletic equipment and band trips.

“If you want to make a quick $250, you hold a bake sale,” said Sandy Malec, vice president of the Horace Mann Elementary School PTO in Newtonville.

Maura Dawley of Scituate said the candy bars her 15-year-old son brought to school to help pay for a youth group trip to Guatemala “sold like wildfire.” She worries the ban “would seriously affect the bottom line of the PTOs.

“The goal is to raise money,” Dawley said. “You’re going to be able to sell pizza. You’re not going to get that selling apples and bananas. It’s silly.”

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