The newly elected Agriculture Commissioner of Texas has declared cupcake amnesty in Texas schools. That means that cupcakes are no longer banned from being sold at bake sales or given away for class parties because their nutritional value does not meet certain criteria.
Sid Miller explained his first official act in office as head of the Texas Department of Agriculture in a press release. “We want families, teachers and school districts in Texas to know the Texas Department of Agriculture has abolished all rules and guidelines that would stop a parent from bringing cupcakes to school,” Miller said.
Despite the repeal which returns control to local communities, federal guidelines still prohibit schools in the National School Lunch Program from selling foods during the school day that do not meet the Smart Snack Guidelines that are outlined in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
“The biggest change between the Texas Policy and USDA’s policy is that now we can give away anything,” Traci Robertson, Executive Director of Purchasing and Contract Services at Lubbock ISD said. “Whereas before, you couldn’t even give a child an M&M or a peppermint or anything like that. Now, with the USDA’s policy, it really puts that decision at the district level.”