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Food Police Ban School Bake Sales in Massachusetts

Written by Gary North on May 9, 2012

The food police never sleep. They are on the alert 24×7. In their cross hairs are school bake sales. They understand the threat to the children. Bake sales center around high-calories, sugar-laden temptation. This has got to be stopped.

Beginning on August 1, 2012, it will be stopped in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Puritans burned witches. Little did they know what evil lurks in the hearts of men. Women, too. Evil is not gender-specific. The Puritans understood this. They just did not understand the all-pervasive nature of temptation. Quite frankly, they were pikers. The Bible speaks of forbidden fruit. It failed to mention forbidden cupcakes.

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 “competitive” foods — 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.

The 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 state’s 1.5 million students. But parents argue crudites won’t cut it when the bills come due on athletic equipment and band trips.

The food police know the dark side of the human heart.

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 “sold like wildfire.” She worries the ban “would seriously affect the bottom line of the PTOs.

“The goal is to raise money,” Dawley said. “You’re going to be able to sell pizza. You’re not going to get that selling apples and bananas. It’s silly.”

One day it’s candy bars. The next day, it’s opium-laced brownies. You have to nip this in the bud.

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11 thoughts on “Food Police Ban School Bake Sales in Massachusetts

  1. Richard says:

    Thanks to the Obama Administration the American way of life that we know and have enjoyed all our lives is slowly being taken away from us. Soon we will be a Marxist Society with 2 classes of people. The working class and the Eliteist.

  2. jheasler12175 says:

    Part 1) From the state that kept giving us Ted "The Swimmer" Kennedy and John "I served in Viet Nam" Kerry ad nauseum for over thirty years, we now get more idiocy. Bake sales don't make children obese and don't make adults obese. We have a nation of fat little kids and fat parents because fewer and fewer people do manual labor or exercise, ergo, they burn less calories than they take in. Children now sit in front of the boob tube or at their x-boxes for hours on end either watching programming for idiots or playing games where exercise is simulated. Virtual exercise is not exercise. Its hard to blame the kids when schools send children out to playgrounds where the equipment has been removed for fear someone might get hurt. The children aren't allowed to run or chase each other because someone might get hurt. Boys aren't allowed to chase girls because its sexist. Girls aren't allowed to chase boys because its sexist but doesn't fit the lib template, only boys can be sexist. Boys are bad. Girls are good. Can't play kickball or dodge ball, someone might get hurt.

  3. jheasler12175 says:

    Part 2) One category of bogeymen behind this problem is lawyers looking to sue schools for injuries because the schools are backed by the deep pocketed, seemingly, taxpayers. Awards for injuries on shoolyards should be limited to actual damages i.e., medical bills. Put the equpment back and encourage the kids to get out and play. The other bogeyman is PCness. Leave the kids alone and let them develop on their own, playing whatever games naturally come to mind. God really equipped children quite well to work out gender issues on their own. Its adults who keep screwing them up. I know I digressed, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

  4. We no longer see children playing outside. Hide and go seek, ring aleave-eo, jumping rope, or stick ball, or the many other games children played years past. Children ate candy, drank soda with real sugar, lost a tooth now and then, and not one of them got fat [sorry obese] nor were there any lawsuits of any kind.

    The children of these days are the laziest ever seen any where. They stay inside playing on a computer or other electical device. They ar so protected they have to wear protection just to ride a bicycle. What happened to the children that got little cuts and never saw an adult till it was supper time?

    There were no cell phones, contacts with parents and surprising as it may seem they all survived. What is going on these days is not healthy. Its not the candy or other sweets its the lack of activity. Children these days just dont get up off their lazy butts and do anything.

  5. This is FAR from being an "Obama" issue. It's more Republican fist-tightening. If they can find a way to control ANYTHING, they will.

  6. icetrout says:

    Repubs are doing this in the”Progressive Social Communist State of Massachusetts” Shane U shooting Meth into your eye-balls again? 😮

  7. icetrout says:

    PC = Pacified Chimp…

  8. DEFEATOBAMAIN2012 says:

    that's because lots of parents are sitting in front of a tv, computer or playing games on ipod or whatever,
    so the kids copy the parents & they all get heart disease, become diabetic, and get obese for lack of exercise.

  9. Next they will be banning Christmas because of Christmas candy; Thanksgiving for the pumpkin pie and whipped cream being "dangerous" to obese people with no will power; and Easter for the candy and all the eggs that turn into deviled eggs and egg salad sandwiches….Enjoy them while you can, the Food Police are working overtime on this!

  10. farmer jane doe says:

    They probably wouldn't be able to hold a farmers market either. All those home grown vegetables aren't USDA approved!

  11. Joe in MD says:

    It's time for another tea party revolt in Massachusetts. A state wide bake sale should be held on a chosen day in defiance to protest this lunacy, but I doubt the parents would have the stones to do this.