South Carolina superintendent lifts ban on selling junk food for fundraisers

AP file photo.

GREENVILLE, S.C. — South Carolina schools can resume selling junk food to raise money on a limited basis.

Multiple media outlets report that Education Superintendent Molly Spearman last month lifted a complete ban on selling unhealthy snacks in schools.

The prohibition started last July under the Smart Snacks provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Districts protested the ban, saying it hampered volunteer groups’ ability to raise money for activities like field trips.

Schools must apply for the waivers, which will allow snacks that don’t meet low-sodium, low-sugar, low-fat limits to be sold in schools on those days.

Spearman is urging schools to seek alternatives to unhealthy fundraisers but says federal mandates were the wrong way to address such decisions.