High school coaches face huge fines after fried chicken fund raisers
POSTED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 12:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — High school sports are huge in Texas and so are school booster clubs, which sell snacks and treats as a quick and easy way to raise money.
However, some school districts are being fined because some of the snacks they sell have broken nutritional rules meant to combat childhood obesity.
The rules and regulations handed down by the Texas Department of Agriculture are not new, but they are now being heavily enforced.
Audits and random checks are picking up pricey violations.
Although fried chicken may sound like a tasty snack, it got a Westbury High School coach in trouble when he tried to sell it on campus to raise funds for his team.
Westbury High School and Bellaire High were among the eight Houston schools who faced fines totaling $73,000 for violating Texas Department of Agriculture regulations.
Brian Giles is Senior Administrator of Food Services for the Houston Independent School District.
"Those guidelines include the nutrition content of the things that are sold outside the school cafeteria," said Giles. "They include the time and the place those things are sold. They also require that nutrition information is provided for those items."
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