By Sandy Wu ’17 and Matthew Yan ’17
Selling snacks and baked goods to students may be profitable; however without permission, merchandisers can face different levels of consequences.
The NYC Department of Education is engaged in promoting healthy lifestyles for students and protecting students’ health with the support of physical activity and nutritious meals. This includes “limiting the sale of non-nutritious food in schools.”
The most common snacks that are being sold are brownies, cupcakes, and chocolate. Due to the growing rates of health issues, many of these snacks are being prohibited from selling in school.
“The school does not want to be legally responsible in case there are ingredients that could make someone sick,” said Mr. Jason Richardson, dean.
Ingredients that are used to make these home goods could include peanuts, soy, eggs, and milk that could trigger allergic reaction in some students.
“Most students who purchase these snacks are not aware of what it’s composed of,” said Anny Lin ’17.
Ethan Sam ’17 said,“I wasn’t aware that the brownie I bought contained peanut oil, a few minutes later I felt my lips swelling and my throat on fire.”
If caught selling outside food without permission, students can face a series of warnings and consequences. The deans are permitted to take away any food that is sold without approval, parents could be called, and students could be suspended.
There are varying viewpoints on whether selling home goods in school should be allowed.
“Selling in school should be allowed because there’s no harm in doing that,” said Karen Yin ’17. “Some people may not be well off, but selling may help their situation.”
Melina Cen Xie ’17 said, “Selling in the hallways can create traffic and delay students to their classes.”
Some members from teams often sell homemade goods in order to pay off their uniforms and sport equipments.
“Selling baked goods for the team’s supply is a fast and efficient way,” said Annie Tso ’18 from the Track Team.
Jazmine Remache ’17 from the Lacrosse Team said, “People tend to buy snacks from others in order to show team support.”
The only exception to selling in school are snacks from the vending machines under 200 calories and 350 calories for meals. Selling for teams and monthly bake sales for fundraising are also allowed. Selling for teams must be approved by Mr. McDonnell. Those snacks must also satisfy DOE standards.
According to the NYC Department of Education, “PTAs can hold monthly fundraiser with non-approved food items during the day as long as the sale of non-approved food items occurs outside the cafeteria and complies with the Chancellor’s regulations.”
It is profitable to sell baked goods to students however, “the rule is the rule and you have to keep it the same for everyone,” said Mr. Richardson.