Gilbert’s spirit stores and student organizations can have their cake and eat it, too — as long as it’s low fat. The district unanimously voted Tuesday night to allow food sales outside, but not near, the cafeteria during breakfast and lunch hours, as long as they meet nutritional guidelines.
They also must wait 10 minutes after the start of the lunch hour.
"This year is going to be a learning year," said Gilbert Unified School District board president Helen Hollands. "I’m sure we’ll come across issues that are unforeseen."
Before the decision, high school officials and students were unclear if they could sell snacks such as pretzels and baked chips during breakfast and lunch hours — the most profitable times.
The board placed the high schools on the National Lunch Program right before school started. Elementary and middle schools were already on the program.
The federal program eliminates the sale of soda and sets guidelines for snacks: The first ingredient can’t be sugar, and 30 percent or less of its calories can come from fat.
Officials and students said the ban would decrease fundraising and other profits. "I think it’s great," said Debbie McCarron, district food service director. "I think it will make both sides happy."
School-related groups can only sell Coca-Cola products on campus after the school day, per the district’s vendor contract.