Supplemental food sales in Henderson County Schools are $70,000 short of last year’s thanks to federal restrictions. Among the no-nos are sports drinks and ice cream.

“And chocolate chip cookies,” [school] board member Amy Lynn Holt responded. “If you bring that back, I bet my son would make up the deficit.”

The school food program is another $100,000 short because of state-mandated increases in wages and rising food costs.