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Tell the State Board of Education to Reject Unhealthy School Fundraisers

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On July 1, 2014, all public schools implemented the latest USDA guidelines for snack food sold in schools. Now children always will have healthy snack options to choose from...

Except for when clubs and sports teams hold food fundraisers on campus. States can choose how many times a year these kinds of fundraisers are exempt from nutrition standards. So far, 32 states have chosen to have NO exemptions. Food sold under fundraisers cannot be laden with sugar, fat or salt. 

But not Georgia. The State Board of Education has proposed to allow 30 exemptions, each lasting 3 days. That’s 90 days, or half the school year, that schools can sell junk food to kids for the purpose of raising money for athletic teams and clubs. Food that even the athletes are encouraged not to eat. The Board also wants to allow schools to apply for additional exemptions if they need to.

Over a third of Georgia’s children are obese. Most get over 50% of their calories from school; some get their only meals there. We cannot balance the school budget on the backs of our children. Some school districts have switched to non-food fundraisers and found more revenue was generated.

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