Federal guidelines limit number of bake sales at schools - WSMV Channel 4

Federal guidelines limit number of bake sales at schools

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

What's more American than the school fundraiser bake sale?

"Very traditional. You're able to come in and support the school by purchasing a chocolate cake," said Mardan Weaver, a fourth-grade teacher and mother.

But a new federal law may have taken some of the sweetness out of it.

"Taking complete control of it, I'm not for sure if that's going to be a benefit in the long run," Weaver said.

The federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act kicked in Tuesday, tightening nutritional standards for all available food in schools. That includes the cafeteria, vending machines and bake sales.

"Actually, I thought we were making headway on that with the extra recess hours time that we had a week and then all the events that the PE classes are doing and I actually thought that the lunches were more nutritional now, I mean, they're not really serving fries," Weaver said.

That doesn't mean no bake sales. There is a provision to allow occasional fundraisers to sell special items like sweets, but the feds say it's up to the states to decide how often. Failure to do so means none at all.

Tennessee decided on 30 days out of the school year.

"We don't have 30 a year at one school. It's just the feeling of you actually saying that we have a limit," Weaver said.

In the end, most people agree that having healthier kids is the goal.

"If we could just teach them what's going to happen in the future by eating the wrong things: diabetes, overweight," Weaver said.

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