School Food Regs Hit Daytime Bake Sales

Tougher nutritional requirements will be hitting a school tradition this fall: daytime bake sales and fundraisers.

According to The Wall Street Journal, most schools taking part in federal school meals programs will have to adhere to more stringent rules this fall.

The 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was pushed by first lady Michelle Obama and her “Let’s Move!” effort, and already has affected school lunch meals and items sold in vending machines.

Now, sales of cookie dough, candy bars, and the like will fall under similar guidelines, meaning they likely can’t be sold during school hours.

“The chocolate bars are a big seller,” Jeff Ellsworth, a Chapman, Nebraska principal told the Journal.

The rules also have the unintended consequence of preventing homemade items from being sold because their nutritional information isn’t labeled. Instead, items that are sold now are even more likely to be processed foods.

The federal law allows states to make their own exemptions, but 32 states, ranging from the likes of Alabama to California, have opted to stick with the federal guidelines.