Bake Sales And Girl Scout Cookies Are Out; Bowl-a-Thons Are In

The then-and-nows of kids’ food-related fundraising

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Hawking Girl Scout Cookies in front of the local high school or going door-to-door selling candy bars are staple experiences for many an American youth. One key component of these decades-old fundraising traditions is poised to change, however: sugar. As the Wall Street Journal reports, concerns over childhood obesity are leading to legislation and local rules banning everything from bake sales to popcorn days.

Here are some of the treats, according to the Wall Street Journal, that will soon be things of school days past for many students:

  • Cookie and pizza dough
  • Chocolate bars
  • Cupcakes
  • Brownies
  • Chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Doughnuts 
  • Candy
  • Girl Scout Cookies 
  • Sugary beverages
  • Popcorn containing more than 230 mg of sodium
  • Any item whose calories count is made up of more than 35 percent fat
  • Cake walks

The fundraising, however, must go on. As the Wall Street Journal details, here are the things that legislators and administrators are proposing to sell or market instead:

  • Fruit cups
  • Granola bars   
  • Processed, pre-packaged food products that meet nutrition standards
  • Wrapping paper 
  • Bowl-a-thons
  • Book walks
  • Pie throws (students presumably cannot eat the pies) 

It'll be interesting to see if these less calorific fundraisers can rake in as much dough.

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