By Laurel J. Sweet and Chris Cassidy, 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 â€œcompetitiveâ€ foods â€” 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.
he 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 stateâ€™s 1.5 million students. But parents argue crudites wonâ€™t cut it when the bills come due on athletic equipment and band trips.
â€œIf you want to make a quick $250, you hold a bake sale,â€ 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 â€œsold like wildfire.â€ She worries the ban â€œwould seriously affect the bottom line of the PTOs.
â€œThe goal is to raise money,â€ Dawley said. â€œYouâ€™re going to be able to sell pizza. Youâ€™re not going to get that selling apples and bananas. Itâ€™s silly.â€
Food fundraisers have helped send the renowned Danvers High School Falcon Band to the Rose Bowl Parade in California and the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. Danvers Parents for Music Education sell fudge because â€œit still works,â€ said the groupâ€™s president, Matthew Desmond. â€œEven my wife will buy it.â€
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