SCHOOLS LOSING FUNDS For Extracurricular Activities: Washington State OSPI
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Schools are losing a tremendous amount of money to fund extracurricular activities.
As of 2010, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act was established by the USDA to regulate nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students. This includes items sold through fundraisers.
Additionally as of July 1, 2014, schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are required to abide by the nutrition standards laid out in the Interim Final Rule on All Foods Sold In School: Smart Snacks. These standards focus on all foods sold on school premises during the school day and are not a part of the NSLP or School Breakfast Program (SBP). This includes a la carte entrees, sides, beverages, items sold in vending machines or school stores, and food focused fundraisers.
The Smart Snacks standards allow state governments to develop a policy on the number of exemptions (or events) for food fundraisers that do not meet the standards. Washington state elected not to allow exemptions for food fundraisers.
This prevented students at schools from selling popular/quick items such as candy, soda, chocolate bars, ice cream, and chips. Although these items may not be super healthy, they allow schools to fundraise and earn a substantial amount of profit.
As for McKnight Middle School, this inability to fundraise such items has taken a huge toll in the amount of fund they have to support extra curricular activities such as:
- Creative Writing
As you can see these funds affect a great portion of schools. I urge that you sign this petition to help fund extracurricular activities for schools in Washington state.
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