Should the State Ban School Bake Sales?

State health officials want to put restrictions on school bake sales to discourage unhealthy eating habits, but will this hurt fundraising efforts?

Massachusetts state health officials recently recently approved regulations that would prevent bake sales from being held during school and in the 30 minutes before and after school to discourage unhealthy eating habits.

Gov. Deval Patrick has backed down on the regulations after criticism from parents and organizations that say putting restrictions on bake sales would negatively impact fundraising efforts for the schools and nonprofit groups, according to USA Today.

Legislation passed in 2010 will still require schools serve healthy snack options in the cafeterias and limit sugary foods.

Do you think Gov. Deval Patrick should enforce the bake sale ban to help encourage Massachusetts youth to have healthier eating habits, or should the bake sales still be allowed for fundraising purposes? Let us know what you think by sharing your opinion in the comments section.

Deanie May 15, 2012 at 04:48 PM
You can thank your Governor for sneaking this in with out any of us hearing about it! Remember, he is a good friend of Obamas & probably got a kick back for it. I for one am sick of being told What my kids can eat & do NOT want my kids lunches inspected by the schools & Bake sales help the community gather & share & earn money for whatever the project may be.
Marcia Huyette May 15, 2012 at 09:14 PM
WOW - that's going a little too far. I don't "wonder why people become Repubs", I FEAR that they do. This has nothing to do with that. The Repubs have done enough in the last two years to make any sane person who is a Repub become anything BUT. The War on Women is one case in point - talk about taking away options and rights - fighting against Planned Parenthood???? Taking money from women's health care to allow the students of the country to keep their 3% student loans - - (and thus forcing Obama to veto it) yet voting for tax breaks for the 1% and cheering on the idea of MORE WAR - funded by WHO/WHAT?? ?!? GIVE ME A BREAK!! Get real.
Marcia Huyette May 15, 2012 at 09:29 PM
There are a lot more freedoms being taken away than anything to do with food - just count that states that are trying to ban (or already have banned) contraceptives and Planned Parenthood's much-needed women's health care - nothing to do with abortion, by the way - all because of the GOP and the hate of Obama. Sad.
Suzette Standring May 17, 2012 at 02:19 PM
The Killer Cupcake, sorry I don't see it. Not when it becomes an invasive, unnecessary government policy. It's a rather ironic stance against fat and bloat, given the government itself is built for size and not for speed.
Darol Ware May 17, 2012 at 03:54 PM
The good thing is that the governor listened to the concerns of the "people" and reversed his decision. Very few politicians are willing to admit they made a mistake. I applaud him for that.


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