The Bake Sale Becomes An Endangered Species

First came the demise of Mother’s Cookies, in Oakland. Now say goodbye to your own mother’s cookies, as the Chronicle reports on the waning days of the school bake sale.

Seems those cookies and pies and bundt cakes violate state restrictions on selling junk food at school.

The state guidelines, passed by the Legislature in 2005 and gradually being implemented at districts around the state, require that snacks sold on campuses during the school day not contain more than 35 percent of calories from fat, 1 percent of calories from saturated fat and 35 percent sugar by weight. Snacks must also not exceed 175 calories at elementary schools or 250 calories at middle and high schools.

Our mother was a big fan of the bumper sticker that reads, “It will be a great day when the schools have everything they need, and the Air Force must hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.” Imagine kids a few years from now, asking what that even means. Though this may have an upside in the bumper sticker market: “If bake sales are outlawed, only outlaws will have bake sales.”

School bake sales victims of nutrition rules [SF Chronicle]

[Photo: Via Joelf]


The Bake Sale Becomes An Endangered Species