Sen. Debbie Lesko is sponsoring SB1267 stemming from an incident in which a fundraiser was told they could not sell snow cones after school unless they were allowed on a list of snacks approved by the federal government.
According to this Arizona Daily Star article titled School fundraiser snacks can bypass fed standards
“Forcing parents and other supporters of schools to only offer federally approved food and snacks at fund-raisers is a perfect example of the overreach of government and intrusion into local control,” Douglas said. “I have ordered effective immediately, that the ADE Health and Nutrition Services division grant exemptions for all fund-raisers for both traditional public schools and charter public schools.”
Douglas went on to say that the snow cone saga illustrates the "ridiculous regulations" that are pervasive in government of all levels.
"I have confidence that parents can decide whether or not to buy food for themselves or their children at fund-raiser events, just as easily as they make their own food choices when their children are not at school,” she said. “The thought that a federal bureaucrat knows better than parents what they can feed their own families is condescending and reprehensible.”
For more information on SB1267, click HERE. Please contact your Arizona senator and representatives to ask them to support this legislation. Please be kind to your legislators and provide them with more than just the bill number. Be sure to include an important clue, such as its purpose. Here’s the purpose of SB1267: Enables school districts and charter schools to sell food of minimal nutritional value at a fund-raiser during the normal school day.