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Drudge is spreading this story far and wide, and for very good reason. We often see stories where a nanny-state government body reaches into the decision realm that should be commanded by parents and parents alone. Today we see it in a glaringly frightening light, in the form of a 24/7 state-wide ban on “competitive” food products.
Bake sales, the calorie-laden standby cash-strapped classrooms, PTAs and booster clubs rely on, will be outlawed from public schools as of Aug. 1 as part of new no-nonsense nutrition standards, forcing fundraisers back to the blackboard to cook up alternative ways to raise money for kids.
At a minimum, the nosh clampdown targets so-called “competitive” foods — those sold or served during the school day in hallways, cafeterias, stores and vending machines outside the regular lunch program, including bake sales, holiday parties and treats dished out to reward academic achievement. But state officials are pushing schools to expand the ban 24/7 to include evening, weekend and community events such as banquets, door-to-door candy sales and football games.
When concerns of resulting difficulties for fundraisers held outside of regular school hours fell on the ears of Dr. Lauren Smith, Director of the Department of Public Health in MA, she responded suggesting parents need to innovate and come up with new ideas.
“We’re not trying to get into anyone’s lunch box,” Smith told the Herald. “We know that schools need those clubs and resources. We want them to be sure and have them, but to do them a different way. We have some incredibly innovative, talented folks in schools who are already doing some impressive things, who serve as incontrovertible evidence that, yes, you can do this, and be successful at it.”
In other words, Dr. Smith, you’re inserting yourself as the decision maker and forcing the parent to follow along, regardless of what the parents want. This move by big government is, without question, a horrific infringement upon the rights of parents to choose what is best for their own families.