Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Nanny says: 'No bake sales!'

"If a bake sale is going on, it's reported to [Montgomery County Public Schools] administration and it's taken care of. You can't sell Girl Scout cookies, candy, cakes, any of that stuff."

(Marla Caplon of Montgomery County, Maryland's Food & Nutrition Services Department, explaining the strict enforcement of the state's ban on bake sales in public schools. Similar rules are imposed on school fundraisers in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, New York and Texas.)

"If we didn't have so many kids that were obese, we could have let things go. But this is a major public health problem and these kids deserve a chance at a good, long, healthy life."

(Massachusetts State Sen. Susan Fargo, chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health, explaining why the state will ban fundraisers selling "non-nutritious" food in public schools beginning August 1st. Under the new regs, Massachusetts schoolkids won't even be allowed to give cookies or other "unhealthy" treats to classmates on their birthdays.)