New Government Regulation Throws Wet Blanket On School Bake Sales

First Lady's Initiative Bans Cupcakes, Other Delicious Treats

There are plenty of ways for schools to raise money, but one of the quickest and easiest is a bake sale. This fall, the federal government is all but taking that option away.

The Daily Caller reports:

Students at Waccamaw Middle School in Pawleys Island, S.C. did something pretty cool this spring when they baked cupcakes and cookies to sell during lunchtime to raise money so six World War II veterans could go on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

The fundraising effort was a smashing success. The students raised $2,500 in just three weeks to help the six vets visit the various national memorials that venerate their sacrifices, according to the Georgetown Times.

If the kids want to act similarly selflessly this academic year, though, they’ll be out of luck. …

They can thank first lady Michelle Obama for getting them out of such do-gooderism.

The 2010 Hunger-Free Kids Act … now prevents such bake sales at all schools taking the associated federal funding.

As of July, new Smart Snacks standards created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for over 30 million American school kids stringently limit the number of calories and the amount of sugar, fat and sodium in every morsel of food sold at taxpayer-funded schools — including cupcakes for fundraising.

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