I found this article explaining what the criteria is for being able to sell items in a “bake sale” in NYC now.
Under the new rules, students may sell fresh fruits and vegetables, or one of 27 specific packaged items that have been approved for sales in city vending machines, between the start of school and 6 p.m. on weekdays.
No homemade or unpackaged items are on the list of “approved” foods because “it’s impossible to know what the content is, or what the portion size is,” said Kathleen Grimm, the deputy chancellor for infrastructure and portfolio planning, who oversees the regulation.
“We think that we have struck a pretty good balance here, a healthy balance,” she said.
A healthy balance, huh? Let’s look at the list of things that are approved for resale, shall we?
Things like Cool Ranch Reduced Fat Doritos and Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos (even thought the latter appears to not meet their nutritional guidelines of having 2 grams of fiber since it’s a grain based snack). Kellogg’s Pop Tarts (the frosted brown sugar cinnamon type). Linden’s cookies.
So, instead of bringing in baked goods that (usually) has less of the additives, colorants (Cool Ranch Doritos have 3 artificial coloring additives), and preservatives, students are now encouraged to go to Costco and buy things off the list of approved foods and resell them.
To purchase food for approved sales, students may go to Costco or other stores to buy items for resale, said Eric Goldstein, the schools’ chief executive for food and busing.
The city’s new vending operator, The Answer Group, will also negotiate with vendors to produce fund-raising kits for students, probably by next September, said the group’s president, Tom Murn.
Oh. Wait. Maybe we’re really getting to the crux of the matter here. It’s really NOT about the fat (surprise) but about how much money can be made by whom from the sales of food in the school system. I dunno, maybe that’s a leap, but that last bit really has me wondering. What’s the saying? Follow the money?