posted by Zach Patton
When I was growing up, bake sales were a fact of life for school, sports teams, academic clubs, whatever.
There was even one especially memorable bake sale in high school, when I served as co-chair of the cafeteria committee (yeah, I said it -- and I was proud of it. I got those kids a pizza cart, a jukebox, and outdoor patio seating), and the cafeteria ladies allowed us to use their wholesale ingredients (which, given that it was a public school, may have been just a little bit illegal, now that I think about it) to make breads and cakes and what have you, and we sold them in front of the Wal-Mart and made several hundred dollars in just a few hours, and we donated it all to a shelter for abused women and children.
Right, bake sales. Big deal.
But not in California, not anymore. State regulations now strictly limit what foods can be sold to students. And the hallowed bake sale -- and its verboten, obesity-inducing carbs -- is falling out of favor:
The old-fashioned school bake sale, once as American as apple pie, is fast becoming obsolete in California, a result of strict new state nutrition
standards for public schools that regulate the types of food that can
be sold to students. The guidelines were passed by lawmakers in 2005
and took effect in July 2007. They require that snacks sold during the
school day contain no more than 35 percent sugar by weight and derive
no more than 35 percent of their calories from fat and no more than 10 percent of their calories from saturated fat.
School clubs are could still sell to non-students off campus. But they're being hit hard.
Maybe they should start having a broccoli sale?
(Photo via Flickr from verybestof11)