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Crackdown on Homemade Treats Considered by D65

The school district may require that food parents bring in for classes be commercially prepared — including birthday cupcakes or cut-up fruit.

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There may soon be a ban on dad’s homemade cupcakes or mom’s cut-up melon in District 65 schools.

The district is drafting a policy on food safety that would require all foods that parents bring in be commercially prepared, meaning they would either need to be purchased pre-made or, in the case of fruit and veggies, brought into the school cafeteria ahead of time to be cut up there, according to an article in the Evanston Review.

Parents at a meeting last week expressed concerns about both the cost and health implications of the new law, the article states. Parents may be left having to bring in pre-prepared and less healthy foods — Doritos instead of orange slices? — and lose the pride and reduced expense of bringing in something homemade instead of store-bought.

“My kids are not going to die of salmonella,” parent Molly Martin, a pediatrician, told officials, according to the Evanston Review. “They’re going to die of cardiovascular disease brought forth by diabetes and obesity.”

Bringing fruit in ahead of time, or paying a small yearly fee for catered snacks, is likely prohibitive for parents who don’t have the time or money, parents argued, according to an article in the Daily Northwestern.

The policy is being drafted after officials looked at existing Illinois Department of Public Health regulations and decided a more strict policy needed to be implemented at the schools, the Daily Northwestern article says. Though some in the audience doubted that this was the correct interpretation of the regulations.

You can read the full Evanston Review article here.

You can read the full Daily Northwestern article here.

Oliver P. McCracken May 06, 2014 at 05:20 PM
Oh, that we live in the prosperous state of Illinois, the wealthy land of Lincoln. With such powerhouse companies as Marshall Field, Sears & Roebuck, Arthur Andersen, Calumet Baking Powder, the Union Stockyards, and Montgomery Ward, we have expendable tax moneys to use on drafting and implementing policies, and the worthwhile and much-needed administrators who dream them up!
Jim May 06, 2014 at 05:49 PM
Not only are the property taxes too high biu the administrators whose salaries they pay are too stupid. Or it could just be the insurance companies trying to make an extra buck. Now let us see; should I be more worried about my mother poisioning me or someone at school who does not know me from Adam?
David Zornig May 07, 2014 at 09:59 AM
This probably has less to do with health, and more to do with some backdoor way to get all students dependent on only school lunches. Then they'll set a price on that, and raise it yearly. Essentially banning homemade lunches from being brought into school, will make it so kids can't trade away their lunch to one another. Just let kids be kids. The parents of kids with food allergies, will already have schooled their own as to what they can and can't eat. Interesting new age spin at the top, that the father would be the one to make the cupcakes, and the mother only cut up melon.
Oliver P. McCracken May 07, 2014 at 02:17 PM
Fathers making cupcakes! You're right to be offended, Mr. Zornig. First it's men in the kitchen. What's next? Women voting? Men marrying other men? A black man on the baseball diamond, or even worse...in the White House? I do declare!

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