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Area School Districts Ban Birthday Food [POLL]

It used to be when someone in your elementary school class had a birthday, cupcakes or Munchkins were enjoyed by all. Well, times have changed and things aren’t so “sweet” as many school districts are banning birthday treats and food of any kind from the classroom.

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Middletown Township Schools banned food from class parties last year. Upper Freehold Regional went the same route two years ago when it banned food from festivities.

Those are just a couple of the many school districts across the country restricting cupcakes, cookies, cake and, in some cases, all food from home.

Parents are on the fence about the issue. Some don’t see any harm with the extra sugar rush, while others fear for their child’s health.

School districts banning food from the classroom give two reasons. First, that it’s a distraction from a rigorous curriculum, and secondly that having treats is unfair to children with food allergies.

Food allergies are no joke, and the number of kids diagnosed is on the rise. I work with the Jersey Shore Chapter of FAAN, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and have seen first hand what families go through.  Foreign food can be deadly to children with food allergies.

Does your school district ban birthday treats? Is there a way for people on both sides of the issue to meet in the middle? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below and take our poll.



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