Lynn Carlson, who teaches law and history at a Queens public school, could once count on bake sales and candy drives to raise thousands of dollars for her annual trip with students to Washington or Boston.
That was before the New York City Department of Education, as part of an anti-obesity drive, began restricting what could be sold in machines and in fund-raising events held in schools. Out were brownies; in were granola bars. Out were chocolate chip cookies; in were gummy fruit snacks. Bake sales began to seem like little more than trips to a nutritionally correct vending machine.
The only truly successful item on the cleared list was brown-sugar Pop Tarts. Ms. Carlson ordered some from the city’s vendor, which charged 60 cents for a package of two, with the students reselling them for a dollar, she said. But last fall, Ms. Carlson said, the Pop Tarts came just one per package, and still cost her 60 cents, almost double what she would pay if she were to buy them at the supermarket.
“That, to me, is ridiculous,” she said. The students’ fund-raising committee agreed, refusing to sell their peers a Pop Tart that cost $1.