Students are still trying to digest the new lunch program at the Parsippany school district. Now news that ice cream is being banned is just too hard to swallow for some of the students.
"It's really fun to have ice cream at school," said Julianna Cordasco, a second-grader. "It's really fun."
Well, the fun is over for little Julianna and her classmates at Littleton Elementary School in Parsippany. Ice cream is being banned at lunchtime.
"It's pretty sad because they're taking it away from us," she said.
Julianna's mom thinks the decision that prevents the PTA from selling the sweet treat to raise money is just cold.
"These kids can't be kids," Liz Cordasco said. "Little bit of ice cream won't hurt them."
In a statement, the superintendent said a new state regulation "makes it very clear that any type of food sale fundraising done by our PTA's, or any other school organization, cannot be conducted during the hours when our school nutrition program is in operation."
The new federally mandated lunch program to make lunch healthier was the focus of a protest at the high school last week. Students there said smaller portions are leaving them hungry.
But some parents don't have a problem with their kids going cold turkey from ice cream.
Charley Chimes, the ice cream truck guy, could profit from the ban but he doesn't get it.
"That's strange--it has milk in it- it should be healthy for you!" Chimes said.
The superintendent has asked the school principals to find other times of the day when ice cream can be sold, just not during the hours when lunch is served.