The Education Department of New York City has banned… well almost totally banned… those dreaded, terrifying, death-defying, fear-inducing and downright fattening “bake sales” used by schools to raise money for everything from new books to athletic programs. No more yummy carrot cake, cupcakes, chocolate cream pie or piled-high-superrich-icing-slathered cakes-that-otherwise-defy-description sold at public schools in NYC. Junior is getting enough fat and sugar, so the folks in the Big Apple don’t want that apple in pie or cake form.
Limits on what can be sold in on-site school vending machines or student stores also removes fats and sweets from the shelves and slots. There’s even an academic reason for the new wellness campaign, a cornerstone of Mayor Bloomberg’s education agenda for the city: “Roughly 40 percent of the city’s elementary and middle school students are overweight or obese, according to the Education Department. The department also found a correlation between student health and performance on standardized tests, according to a survey it released in July.” October 4th NY Times.
While states like California have placed severe limits on what can be sold in school vending machines, lunch programs and bake sales, New York City actually goes one giant step beyond. But kids can still bring fatty and sugary snacks with them for their brown bad moments or to celebrate a birthday.
Of course, special interests get exceptions to these rules as well. The above Times article: “Parent groups and Parent-Teacher Associations are conspicuously given an exception: once a month they are allowed to sell as many dark fudge brownies and lemon bars as they please, so long as lunch has ended. And after 6 p.m. on weekdays, anything goes. But at that hour, most students are long gone, and as far as the Education Department is concerned, stuffing oneself with coconut macaroons and peanut butter cookies at that hour is one’s prerogative.”