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NYC Considers Ban on Baked Goods

Homemade Goodies Banned at NYC School Bake Sales

Bake sales are as much a part of the school year as field trips, fire drills and book fairs. But, in its continuing effort to help reduce childhood obesity among its students, New York City is considering a ban on the sale of homemade foods at school, due to their unknown nutritional value.

According to the proposal, "... students may sell fresh fruits and vegetables, or one of 27 specific packaged items that have been approved for sales in city vending machines, between the start of school and 6 p.m. on weekdays." Once a month, parents will be allowed to hold a bake sale with homemade goodies. Earlier this year, the city developed 11 criteria a snack must meet before it is sold in their schools, including, a calorie count under 200, no artificial sweeteners and at least two grams of fiber in grain products.

We've already seen how other countries handle lunch in their schools. Would you support a home-baked snack ban like NYC's?

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jenni5 jenni5 5 years
Wish my daughter's school would quit with the once a month cupcake sales! I guess this hasn't hit the catholic schools in NYC yet.
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
WTF is the point of a bake sale if people have to bring in store-bought goodies? i could, i dunno, go to a store and get them myself! bake sales are great because other people are actually baking the goods themselves...not mass-producing them in some machine. it's not like the schools are having bake sales every day. i think we had like one a semester when i was in school
Zivanod Zivanod 5 years
300 pound 12 year olds are rare. Having bake sales on occasion are fine. It's a good way for parents to be involved in the child's school life.
Niami Niami 5 years
Um...it does hurt if the child is a 300 pound 12 year old.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 5 years
My sons school banned homemade goodies from last October to this week. However, they were banned because there were about 22 kids in his small school to get h1n1, not because of nutritional value! Once a month is not unreasonable!
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 5 years
I think once a month is fine. I mean, parents should only give their kids enough money to buy one baked good anyway. It's all about teaching moderation, not banning things completely.
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