NYC Government Crackdown on Bake Sales

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Posted: Oct 05, 2009 2:23 PM
Who is actually surprised by an announcement like this nowadays?  The NYTimes reports:

There shall be no cupcakes. No chocolate cake and no carrot cake. According to New York City’s latest regulations, not even zucchini bread makes the cut.

In an effort to limit how much sugar and fat students put in their bellies at school, the Education Department has effectively banned most bake sales, the lucrative if not quite healthy fund-raising tool for generations of teams and clubs.

The change is part of a new wellness policy that also limits what can be sold in vending machines and student-run stores, which use profits to help finance activities like pep rallies and proms. The elaborate rules were outlined in a three-page memo issued at the end of June, but in the new school year, principals and parents are just beginning to, well, digest them. ...

Schools around the United States, including throughout California, have banned bake sales or put a limit on the sugar and fat content of the goodies. But New York’s regulations are among the strictest in the country, said Howard Wechsler, the director of the division of adolescent and school health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“There are more schools that are making more changes in what is available for kids at school,” said Dr. Wechsler, who has studied nutrition policies at schools nationwide. "Schools are supposed to be a place where we establish a model environment, and the last thing kids need is an extra source of pointless calories.”
Aside from the ridiculous notion of government telling people what to eat and what not to eat, I'm sure "carrot sales" will be just as profitable for extra-curricular clubs and organizations...