Some parents are calling school officials in Colorado “food Nazis” after they announced a ban on all sweets, including cupcakes, candy bars and even birthday cakes – unless the cakes are made with district-approved recipes.
School officials in Greeley, CO advised parents that new federal guidelines require all food served on grade school campuses to adhere to strict calorie counts.
Teachers will no longer be able to reward students with a piece of candy for good work. Instead of a Jolly Rancher, students who excel might be given a pencil – or an eraser.
“Fundraisers held at school are no longer allowed to include food items of any kind,” said Jenna Raymond, of the District 6 Nutrition Dept. “Rewards for children are to include gifts such as erasers and pencils.”
The Greeley County School district is even banning sweets at off-campus fundraisers.
“The only food items allowed to be sold for these types of fundraisers are those that meet the nutritional guidelines,” she told the Greeley Gazette. hat means no more sweet treats like cake at birthday parties or class holiday parties – unless the cake is made with a recipe approved by the school district.
“We have a recipe we use in the district that uses black beans and the kids love it,” Raymond told the newspaper.
Anita Colwell’s nine year old daughter is a fourth grader at Scott Elementary School. She said her daughter refuses to eat the cafeteria food.