SACRAMENTO, CA – In an effort to fight obesity, California public schools have spent the past few years banning junk food on campus and bringing in healthier choices for kids as mandated by national standards.
But school administrators said a new food trend is undermining their efforts: mobile food trucks.
Some districts are appalled they pull right up next to a school and sell food students typically can’t get on campus.
“We serve fruits and vegetables every single day. We’re mandated to. We have limits on how much fat our meals can have, how much sodium, how much sugar,” California School Nutrition Association Rene Yamashiro said.”We there’s a food truck right outside the school, they do not have to follow any of those national standards.”
Democratic Assembly member Bill Monning introduced a bill that would ban food trucks from parking within 1,500 feet of a school between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Some cities already have a similar ban in place.
Food vendors are upset because they don’t all sell bad food.
They think it’s unfair considering many schools are right by fast food restaurants or convenience stores where junk food is widely available.
“You have a McDonald’s right next to the high school I went to, a donut shop,” Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen’s Andrew Blaskovich said. “What’s healthier? A Drewski’s sandwich we made from scratch. Anything we do is made that day. Nothing is processed or frozen.”
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