Skip to comments.Put Down the Cupcake: New Ban Hits School Bake Sales (Federal Law)
Posted on 08/03/2014 9:34:08 AM PDT by Innovative
But the sales won't be so sweet starting this fall. Campus bake salesa mainstay of school fundraisersare going on a diet. A federal law that aims to curb childhood obesity means that, in dozens of states, bake sales must adhere to nutrition requirements that could replace cupcakes and brownies with fruit cups and granola bars.
The restrictions that took effect in July stem from the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by first lady Michelle Obama and her "Let's Move!" campaign. The law overhauled nutrition standards affecting more than 30 million children.
The law also required the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set standards for all food and beverages sold during the school day, which includes vending machines, snack carts and daytime fundraisers. It allowed for "infrequent" fundraisers, and states were allowed to decide how many bake sales they would have that didn't meet nutrition standards.
Without state-approved exemptions, any treats sold would have to meet calorie, sodium, fat and other requirements. The law permits states to fine schools that don't comply.
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There is no way this is legal, some school district has got to take this on.
I’m sorry, I must have missed the part of the constitution that allows the Federal government to control what people eat.
It should be a law that the first family has to STFU till they are out of office. No one wants to hear what the un-elected has to say. Especially since my sasquatch translator is on the blink.
Federal schools are child abuse.
I’m sure 100% of the people who attend those bake sales get at least 97% of their dietary intake from the products sold there.
Cough, cough, cough...
Isn’t it sad to realize that some people are so dumb, that they can’t recognize a “treat” when they see one? People don’t live off cup-cakes. They have one once in a while.
Most people don’t live off Big Macs, or Whoppers either. They have one once in a while.
You can take all the “treats” off the shelves, and some folks will still be fat. They eat too much of every type of food. You can’t legislate or issue edicts to eliminate stupid.
You can certainly ensconce stupid from the top, by acting like you can control obesity through government interdiction.
I’m really tired of the do-gooder Left mentality.
Here comes more Hope and Change, and loss of freedom.
Every day I resent Obama and his supporters more and more.
There is no way this is legal, some school district has got to take this on.
"We moved our base camp last night and were now positioned literally
within feet of the river. Have been sitting here watching the border
patrol patrolling in their riverboats all night and all morning..."
We can all discuss junk food and whether too many cupcakes are a good idea. But the key issue is— are school bake sales really an area which should be controlled by the federal government???
Liberals believe this because they passed that law. This sort of thing could be a potent issue in elections. Democrats are the party of fascist control over all areas of life. Republicans are a party of freedom and personal responsibility and limited government. GOP should pledge to repeal nonsense such as a law which dictates standards for school bake sales.
I wonder how much research has been conducted on rebound-overeating. I know from personal experience that being forced to eat a “healthy” diet as a child causes a person to overindulge in the “junk” foods that they never were allowed to eat as a child. I’ve fought against obesity all my life for just that reason and know people who are fat because of it.
Quite simply, the government’s responsibility to the citizens ends at ensuring a safe food supply and teaching basic nutrition. It is not the government’s place to dictate food choices. As the control-freak politicians become more successful in their efforts to control every bite that every child in school eats, I wonder how much worse the obesity problem will become?
If there is a real desire to fight obesity, how about taking a look at lifestyle and food choices back before obesity started skyrocketing? Kids aren’t playing outside any more; recess time at school has been reduced in favor of more academics. Now we have obese under-educated kids. Maybe it’s time to look at what *was* successful.
“We use prepackaged food because it has to have nutritional requirements posted,” said Keli Gill, president-elect of the Arkansas PTA, where the state has had nutrition standards for bake sales for a few years. “Items like apples are perishable and don’t last as long, so we don’t want to waste money and have it go bad on us.”
Oh, this is ‘rich’ .... The Mooch is driving people to pre-packaged food with all the preservatives, additives, etc. So much for the fresh fruits & veggies & the WH Kitchen Garden ......
I had a health food nut mother who never allowed us to have so much as a piece of cake - talk about joyless living. The first five years out of the house, I indulged in total junk food. Now, it’s an even keel - a little bit of junk and mostly healthy food. Fie on health Nazis and their running dogs!
Control the food, control the fuel, control the energy, and you literally will have a country by it’s balls, and at your mercy. Marx knew this, Stalin knew this, Hitler knew this, hell even FDR knew this. And ALL of these “edicts, rules, and regulations” originate from federal agencies under control of the executive branch. But everybody will comply with all of these regulations because virtually every politician is a spineless, gutless traitor, bought and paid for by K street, and all in for carving out their niche in the new oligarchy.
If you want to see what the US will look like in 10~15 years, take a look at mexico and south america, because that is our fate.
GOP should pledge to repeal nonsense such as a law which dictates standards for school bake sales.
Did it not have to have the approval of RINOs to pass this in the first place?
Our grandparents would be shooting by now.
The only sensible thing to do is ignore federal law, and eat the cupcakes too.
If a corporation can be a person, can the federal government be an idiot? Yes, and a virus that screws up the program.
We have already had instances where food Nazis have gone through school lunches brought from home and rejected them as being “unhealthy” forcing kids to eat the typical school lunch crud. Having participated in my kids fund raisers for band and orchestra I know that chocolate bars, popcorn and candy are easy to sell and generally give a good return for the organization. Why does the federal government have to stick its nose into this?
Don’t forget control of healthcare —deciding who gets treated.
You've got that right. When I first read the article, I thought it had to be satire. But it's not satire, it's the scary truth.
I wonder if all this is tied into federal grants: the feds tax you, then give some of the money back if you promise to do what they say.
Our diet was fairly normal, until the late 1960s-early 1970s, when the “health foods” movement really started to gain momentum.
We used to be able to eat ice cream once a week. When I was really little, my mother would sometimes give me a dime to take to the grocery store up the street to buy candy. And so on. Then she discovered the “health food” movement, and everything changed. Instead of chocolate, we got carob (gag). It was bad, because we no longer could eat normal food, but everyone else still was.
And now, it is still really hard to partake of treats moderately... I just want to eat them until I am stuffed. So I buy a single small bar and eat it at home, to avoid the temptation. I’m not obese now, but I once weighed over 200 pounds (at 5’3”).
I’m sure carrot sticks will sell just as well... /s
IMHO the real issue is the loss of additional funding. I think this was a deliberate move to make schools even more reliant on Federal funding.
“Did it not have to have the approval of RINOs to pass this in the first place?”
These are all regulations by the agencies of the executive branch — Congress has nothing to do with it.
Reading how the Feds take away our rights make me puke in my mouth. Is that also outlawed?
I guess you did miss it. It's there as plain as day -- right next to the part that allows the Federal government to run public schools.
Just say “No”. Hold the high-calorie bake sales anyway.
What will the gubment do...send a SWAT team?
We had the same childhood! I can remember when we had doughnuts in the house and then one day my mother discovered something about “health food.” She also bought a book by somebody called Rachel Carson. The world fell in. We had brewer’s yeast for lunch and carob bars for dessert. I buried most of this food in the back yard when I could get away from her.
Remember how terrible the packaging was for health food in those days and how you had to travel miles to find the store? And all the owners were communists?! And how all the children had a Ring Ding at lunch and you got disgusting plain yogurt dripping on your brown paper bag? Everything but everything was put through the deflavorizer.
We have an interesting book here - there’s another freeper here who had this problem.
I'm actually surprised the WSJ published this.
The law does end Federal funding for school district's that do not comply and does "allow" states to "fine" (actually reduce their state funding, sheesh) if they do not comply.
But they do not have to comply and nobody can force them to.
Hey America. The Nazi politicians running the Federal “government” say you can’t have bake sales. How do YOU “feel” about that? “Whatever”?
I teach a severely handicapped life skills class. Bake sales are a GREAT way to teach money. Now what? I’m not there to baby sit, and cookies SELL. Carrots, forget it...
I don’t remember Congress passing anything like this. How did this happen?
The only way to retain American sovereignty is to dismantle the power of the Federal Government as it is today. Put the Federal government in its place. Right back where the founders intended it to be.
The Fed has no right to my cupcake. I am not joking.
“The bill was introduced in the US Senate by Blanche Lincoln, Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. It was later approved by the Senate by unanimous voice vote on August 5, 2010. In the U.S. House of Representatives The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act passed with 247 Democrats and 17 Republicans voting for, and 4 Democrats and 153 Republicans voting against it. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on December 13, 2010. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is expected to take effect in 2014.
I would immediately open up my garage & my lawn for a bake sale. NOT on school grounds—A private setting.
Obama would NOT have a single thing to say about it.
Look at the upside: After scattering with tails between legs, the BLM Storm Trooper Unit now has a new mission. They can re-brand themselves as the BOM - Bureau of Obesity Management - and start massing around children selling doughnuts. With any luck, there may be resistance by the kids, and the troopers can try out their cool weapons.
That's the flip side to government giving healthcare to the indigent.
Incredible . . . right up there with "privacy", "penumbra", "3 gal. per flush", "air-bags", etc. somehow being found in our Constitution.
Absolutely outrageous that we let that rather large-bottomed, heavy weight, rotund, FLOTUS tell us that we and our kids are fat.
What the law probably REALLY means is that non-compliance gets funds cut off.
Absolutely correct. Eat our way or be fined thousands of dollars and
if you do not pay we'll come after you with SWAT and kill your Dog!
Add to that every single alphabet soup agency under control of the executive branch, and you get the idea.
And is that not the crux of the matter, that school districts cannot survive without Federal Funds because that entire sector has been FEDERALIZED! Ever since Eisenhower established the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) in 1953, the government has been usurping the formerly sovereign community and state controls and funding of education. Now, with the Education Department that was separated from HEW by Jimmy Carter, the country is entirely a top-down federal control and money operation save only for 'Private' schools who have fewer regulations to follow and less Federal money!
Of course the fact that the professional educator unions championed this movement has meant that the liberal and statist mindset has permeated the entire process. Thus one bake sale too many will give power to a federal oversight bureaucrat to force the offender to bend-the-knee and touch their forelock at their feudal master's bidding! That is right, we no longer have Federalism but a burgeoning return to Feudalism! Wonderful!
Ok, so write on the ziplock baggie that the 3” square brownie inside serves 4.
More specifically, regardless what FDR's activist justices wanted everybody to think about the scope of Congress's Commerce Clause powers when the Supreme Court wrongly decided Wickard v. Filburn in Congress's favor in 1942, a previous generation of Constitution-respecting justices had clarified that the states have never delegated to Congress, expressly via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate intrastate commerce, campus bake sales an example of intrastate commerce.
State inspection laws, health laws, and laws for regulating the internal commerce of a State, and those which respect turnpike roads, ferries, &c. are not within the power granted to Congress [emphases added]. Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.
As a side note concerning the federal government's constitutionally limited powers, please consider the following. The states would sure be a dull, boring place to grow up and live in if parents were to make sure that their children were taught about the federal government's constitutionally limited powers as the Founding States had intended for those powers to be understood. /sarc
Thomas Jefferson had put it this way:
Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, judges and governors, shall all become wolves [emphasis added]. It seems to be the law of our general nature. - Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Edward Carrington January 16, 1787)
In fact, forget about traditional salesman / sucker cliches like "buying the Brooklyn Bridge." Voters now have to deal with the problem that they have foolishly traded their votes for constitutionally nonexistent rights, federal spending programs and restrictive federal regulations likewise based on constitutionally nonexistant federal government powers.
Cutting funding is a penalty. Any sort of promised action that is negative in nature is a penalty
That said, it's the reason the statists have worked so hard for the feds to "give" or "grant" monies to the states for various projects. It's a very effective end around the 10th amendment. Once the states are addicted to feeding on the federal teat, they become willing to take all sorts of orders to keep the "free" money coming.
You summed up the whole point very succinctly.
It is time (indeed, past time) that the states tell the fed’s to stuff it!
Obamacare will be the vehicle by which every American’s food purchases will be monitored and regulated.
The excuse will be that obesity raises the cost of Obamacare and so your diet will be monitored by tracking and taxing the foods you buy.
I have no doubt this will occur.