from http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/no-brownies-at-bake-sales-but-doritos-may-be-o-k/ an article at NYT:
What. THE FUCK: “Nine months after effectively banning most fund-raising food sales in city schools, a city panel will vote Wednesday on an amended regulation that will allow student groups to sell items like Pop-Tarts and Doritos during the school day, but not brownies, zucchini bread or anything else homemade.” and the reason: NOT because of fears with needles in food when i was a kid (remember having to x ray your trick or treat goodies?) but because homemade goodies are too fattening. According to the school board “Under the new rules, 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. The same goes for parent groups, except for an exception carved out for one no-brownies-barred Parent Teacher Association bake sale during the school day per month.” I’m down with fruits and veggies, sell those all you want…but do you really think kids will chose an apple over Doritos? and i know there were guidelines for choosing the “approved foods”: For example, all products must be in marked, single-serving packages with a maximum calorie count of 200. Artificial sweeteners, like Splenda, are banned. Less than 35 percent of the item’s total calories may come from either total sugars or fat. Grain-based products must contain at least 2 grams of fiber.
“No homemade or unpackaged items are on the list of “approved” foods because “it’s impossible to know what the content is, or what the portion size is,” said Kathleen Grimm, the deputy chancellor for infrastructure and portfolio planning, who oversees the regulation.”
yea it’s really impossible to know what the content of a given baked good is…unless the person baking it followed a goddamn recipe stupid. see, 3 cups of flour has x number of calories. mix that with egg (y number of calories) and sugar (z number) then add the numbers together and divide but the number of cookies you made…ta da you know how many calories are in a homemade cookie. Oh, but its not from a big food company……its not “prepackaged”. Somehow 20 chemicals are good for you, but banana bread with 4 ingredients is banned because it doenst fit regulations.
And the kicker…..for student fundraising group, bake sales were a great money maker….you can take 5 dollars worth of ingredients and turn them into cookies, brownies or bread and each serving costs under 25 cents. Now, the clubs have to go buy the “approved foods” from sam’s club or costo and mark up….who wants to bet they are making WAY less money, and not selling as much to boot?
To purchase food for approved sales, students may go to Costco or other stores to buy items for resale, said Eric Goldstein, the schools’ chief executive for food and busing.
The city’s new vending operator, The Answer Group, will also negotiate with vendors to produce fund-raising kits for students, probably by next September, said the group’s president, Tom Murn.
That also didn’t seem to excite students. “With the packaged goods, half the profits are going to the companies,” said Anya Lehr, a senior at LaGuardia High School for the Arts
Shame on you NYC school districts…once again you tried to do something “for our health and the health of our kids” and instead ended up just supporting big agra business and food manufacturers, all the while taking money out of students hands. Is it really gonna make teenagers fat if they buy hommade baked goods? or wont the pop tarts, cookies chips and doritios that are approved do that for you?