Bake sale rules and regulations affect student fundraising
By: Julia Walker
In past years, clubs and sports teams ran bake sales in the Commons to raise money. However, this September, there have been less bake sales due to new time and product limitations.
Starting in 2017, only pre-packaged foods can be sold at sales. The lunch staff can enforce limitations and shut down sales if rules aren’t followed. The United States Department of Agriculture, the Healthy and Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010, and the Connecticut Healthy Food Certification allowed bake sales to sell food one hour before or after the current school-provided nutrition program sales.
“We have limitations because we want students to eat healthy foods lunches provide,” said head chef and food provider, Christian Urban.
Bake sales used to compete with lunches during lunch hours.
“The USDA is making schools convey what they think a healthy lifestyle should be,” said Urban.
“Bake sales were one of the most efficient fundraisers,” said Principal Michael Susi. Sales give nearly 100 percent profit and can be planned quickly.
“I understand why they made rules, but it’s unfortunate because people who want to contribute can’t,” said Drama Club advisor Amy Bentley.
According to athletes and club members, bake sales united students because different programs could support each other.
“As a player, it’s nice to grab a homemade snack before going to practice, knowing I’m supporting a cause,” said one captain of the boys’ soccer team, Conrad French.
With the new restictions, many ELHS students would have to skip parts of class to run bake sales, and it would be difficult to organize and manage sales with time and product limitations.
In addition. student allergies are one cause for the pre-packaged rule.
The new rules are made to influence the foods students eat and eliminate competition with lunch companies.
“We have to get creative for finding fundraisers,” said Mr. Susi.
Other ideas for fundraisers are bingo nights, 5Ks, and craft making. These events are not as profitable as bake sales and take longer to organize, making it harder for East Lyme clubs and sports teams to function.