The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has enacted new nutritional standards which will result in junk food, pizza, whole milk, bake sale items, and white bread being banned in the public schools as of Aug. 1. Why do bureaucrats think they *know* better than moms and dads? These politicians or government workers just have to freaking control every aspect of our lives from cradle to grave. The whole "Julia" Obama campaign composite is a perfect example of that. So much for freedom to choose. The government in MA has no right to ban junk food in public schools. Some kids are overweight and they think that gives them the right to control what kids eat at lunch time. And, what parents must buy to meet some random government standard? Dictating what type of food parents must provide for lunch? This nonsense has got to stop! This is yet another reason to home school or find a really good private school to send your kids to. The parents aren't happy about this intrusion which will effectively end fundraising bake sales for various school programs.
From The Boston Herald:
But parents argue crudites won’t cut it when the bills come due on athletic equipment and band trips.
“If you want to make a quick $250, you hold a bake sale,” said Sandy Malec, vice president of the Horace Mann Elementary School PTO in Newtonville.
Maura Dawley of Scituate said the candy bars her 15-year-old son brought to school to help pay for a youth group trip to Guatemala “sold like wildfire.” She worries the ban “would seriously affect the bottom line of the PTOs.
“The goal is to raise money,” Dawley said. “You’re going to be able to sell pizza. You’re not going to get that selling apples and bananas. It’s silly.”
Food fundraisers have helped send the renowned Danvers High School Falcon Band to the Rose Bowl Parade in California and the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. Danvers Parents for Music Education sell fudge because “it still works,” said the group’s president, Matthew Desmond. “Even my wife will buy it.”
Middleboro School Committeeman Brian Giovanoni, whose board will discuss the mandatory meal makeover Thursday night, said, “My concern is we’re regulating what people can eat, and I have a problem with that. I respect the state for what they’re trying to do, but I think they’ve gone off the deep end. I don’t want someone telling me how to do my job as a parent. ... Is the commonwealth of Massachusetts saying our parents are bad parents?”
Spot on Brian Giovanoni!
Beware of the idiot who defends this nonsensical food takeover.