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E. Texas schools react to federal regulations on bake sales

(Source: KLTV Staff) (Source: KLTV Staff)
(Source: KLTV Staff) (Source: KLTV Staff)

At the start of the school year, East Texas schools will have to lighten up their bake sales.

The 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act created a healthier standard of what students are served for breakfast and lunch during the school day. Now it's even changing the standards of what can be sold at fundraisers during the school day.

The USDA says food items sold should feature whole grains, fruits and vegetables, leaner protein and foods with too much sugar, fat and salt should be limited. Those are foods that Tyler ISD Food Service Director Victor Olivares says align with the meals schools are already serving.

"It has to be more fruit-based than just sugary-based, not a lot of syrups, and things more natural. So I think what the hopes are with the government is to bring in items that will be a little bit more healthier for the kids during the school day," said Olivares.

The USDA says it's up to each state determine what standards should be set for fundraisers at schools.

"I do understand why they are doing it; however, I think we got a lot more things to be more responsible for, which is educating out students and making sure our students graduate from high school, than whether they are eating a cupcake or not," said Jody Clements, Assistant Superintendent at Longview ISD.

States can create exemptions to the rule, and they are free to set that policy at any time.

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