School District Bans PTA Ice Cream Sales
Oct 5, 2012
By Todd Starnes
A New Jersey school district has ordered the PTA to stop selling ice cream to students on campus because the longtime fundraising violates state and federal law.
For years the PTA in Parsippany, New Jersey sold ice cream once a week on campuses across the district. The money was used to fund cultural arts programs and field trips for the students.
But earlier this week, the district superintendent sent a letter to the group informing the parents that those tiny cups of ice cream could no longer be sold on campus.
“We don’t know the full extent of the issue, but the PTA cannot sell ice cream during our lunch time hour,” PTA president Liz Kadian told Fox News. “It’s disturbing to many parents.”
Supt. LeRoy Seitz told Fox News that the district has no choice in the matter.
“While we fully understand that our students enjoyed the PTA ice cream fundraisers in the past and that the ice cream sale fundraiser was very successful for our PTAs, we cannot approve activities, including PTA ice cream sales that are in violation of state regulations,” he said in a statement.
The law forbids any food sale fundraising efforts during the “hours when our school nutritional program is in operation.”
“It is unfortunate that we cannot permit the PTA ice cream sales during the hours that lunch is being served and again, we have asked our principales to work with his or her PTA to find other opportunities to fundraise that are in compliance with state regulations,” he said.
“I think it’s ridiculous and a majority of the parents feel the same way,” Kadian told Fox News. “It’s a once-a-week treat.”
Dozens of parents are voicing their extreme displeasure about the new ice cream ban on the Parsippany Patch website.
“I can only imagine what will be next,” one parent wrote. “Will the school board start checking lunch boxes making sure that parents did not pack too many Twinkies or yodels?”
“Whether it is federal, state or local government-mandated, another piece of childhood innocence is being taken away,” another parent wrote. “How sad that an elementary school child can’t look forward to buying something as simple as an ice cream bar once a week.”
Last week more than 1,000 students at Parsippany Hills High School staged a strike against the cafeteria to protest federal guidelines governing portion size. As a result, a number of parents are now packing lunches for their children.
Kadian said she understands the USDA’s concerns over healthy lunches – but she noted that the ice cream they sold met state guidelines. The ice cream cups contained about four bites of – and the ice pops were sugar-free.
Teachers also used the weekly ice cream sale as an incentive – offering students the chance to earn certificates for a free treat.
But Kadian said the bigger issue is fundraising. Without the ice cream sales, many student activities could be jeopardized.
She said the PTA will be meeting soon to discuss their options.
October 7, 2012 at 1:18 AM
I could see this if it was daily, but once a week. oh crap. I limit my sons sweets and would let him do this occasionally. I wouldn't send money every week for it but maybe once a month.
That's funny...that's just how I feel--it's gone too far. The other way. That's why we're finally pushing back.
When we were kids, there were no vending machines with soda and candy in the schools. Your parents packed you a PBJ sandwich or you ate the famous mixed veggies and chef's surprise they served at school.
Now they only serve frozen, processed crap that the big food companies are making BIG bucks selling to the school districts. For the same price, they could make reasonable meals--let's say, on par with what we feed them at home. We're not asking for tofu vegan spinach delight every day, just real food, for the same price.
What I feel has crept in, is the way we've allowed them to make constant consumers out of our kids during school. I don't mind a little candy fundraiser once in a while, but it's vending machines with soda and candy and teachers giving kids candy every day as a reward for good behavior, selling extra desserts in the cafeteria, Scholastic "book fairs" selling more Nickolodean pop culture crap under the guise of books, major companies doing market research with our children during school, in exchange for donations (yes, it's true, I'm in the industry, I know).
Enough is enough. Get your greasy corporate greed off my kids for at least those 6 hours a day when they're in school.
We've let this shit go too damn far. Our schools are turning into socialist perfection camps of political correctness, and it has been so subtle that people don't even notice. It is ridiculous.
They no longer give out "D"s and "F"s in the Warren City School District---those have turned into "I"s for "Incomplete". Nobody fails, you just have to take the tests over/make up the assignments to get a passing grade (a "C"). Bullshit liberal nonsense.
WRONG APPROACH, DEMOCRATS.
Nobody wants to buy fucking celery and spinach at the PTA fundraiser.
by sissyboogsOctober 7, 2012 at 1:47 AM
New Jersey Regulation:
C.18A:33-16 Regulation of items sold, served, given away on school property.
2. a. As of September 2007, the following items shall not be served, sold or given away
as a free promotion anywhere on school property at any time before the end of the school
day, including items served in the reimbursable After School Snack Program:
(1) Foods of minimal nutritional value, as defined by the United States Department of
(2) All food and beverage items listing sugar, in any form, as the first ingredient; and
(3) All forms of candy as defined by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Federal Regulation: (210.11 for those who click on the link below to read)
Such rules or regulations shall
prohibit the sale of foods of minimal
nutritional value, as listed in appendix
B of this part, in the food service areas
during the lunch periods.
Here's how I see it: people on foodstamps have to follow rules and regulations or else they face consequences, can be forced to pay fines, and can lose their foodstamps. It's really no different, except this is a school...receiving government funding. They have to follow rules and regulations. Sure, they've been doing this fundraiser with no issues until now, but I'm betting someone got wind of it and the school district was told they needed to stop or they would have to pay fines or lose funding, something along those lines. That's just how it works.
by LindaClementOctober 7, 2012 at 2:02 AM
Not sure why schools were ever serving dessert in the first place...
by PaperfishiesOctober 7, 2012 at 5:13 AMSo you never enjoy a piece of homemade cake or pie?
I enjoy healthy, whole foods and I love to cook.
I do not use as a reward and am not an emotional eater.
So you don't eat food you thoroughly enjoy? Food is just fuel to you and nothing else?
The sooner people learn that food is for fuel and not a reward, event, punishment, activity and highlight of the day, the better.
KIDS should be encouraged to develop a healthy relationship with food from the get go.
MOST Americans are deficient in this area.
It affects health and hc costs-
I would think that fiscal conservies would get it- it's $$$$$.
I really hope this is a private schoo that receives no public funding for meals! That is disgusting!
Our ASB just sold boxes of krispy Kremes at lunch last week. The kids loved it. Next week the sophmores are selling candy. All of it is for fundtraising.
And in the elementary the kids can choose ice cream as a side item.
I love my school!
October 7, 2012 at 7:50 AM
Snowflakes do not need super sized portions or ice cream during the school day.
No kid was ever permanently damaged from eating appropriate proportions, and nutritional meals devoid of sweets.
AND seemingly FEW parents/adults/ teens have the personal responsibility necessary to make the best food and exercises choices all on their own.
Teachers, incentives, treats...kids aren't show animals.
I know, liberty, nanny state, blah, blah.
None of it matters when you're prematurely dead d/t your terrible habits- the schools (we, we are the schools) do not need to perpetuate the problem.
I agree. I've read where this is the first generation where parents will most likely outlive their children.
It's gotta stop.
by LurionOctober 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM
Not only serving...I noticed my 6 y/o daughter's account balance going down too quickly and dug into why. Turns out they were "selling" her an extra 2 cookies a day with her lunch--without my knowledge. I called and put a block on extras, but I've seen this with all my kids' schools--they can just charge extra fries, chips, desserts unless we specifically call and block it!
Not sure why schools were ever serving dessert in the first place...
by cjsbmomOctober 7, 2012 at 1:51 PM
What is with all the sweets being offered during school? When I was in school, our lunches didn't include dessert and they sure as hell didn't include ice cream. We all survived without it. I think these little darlings will survive as well.
Also, it's worth noting this is a STATE issue, not a federal issue. It says so several places in this very story. This is something unique to New Jersey, so we can't really blame Obama for this one.