From the San Francisco toy ban to the use of experimental school lunches, it seems like the Food Police will stop at nothing in order to control what goes in our children’s mouths. The latest story of over-reaching governmental control comes out of North Carolina where a preschooler ‘ate chicken nuggets for lunch because the school told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.’ The Carolina Journal reports,
“The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the person who was inspecting all lunch boxes in the More at Four classroom that day. The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs — including in-home day care centers — to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home. When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones.”
Since this story was published, school officials have said there was a ‘misunderstanding’ between the student and the inspector. According to the school, officials didn’t tell the child she had to replace her lunch with chicken nuggets. Instead, they told her she had to go through the line and get some milk, but she misunderstood and replaced her entire lunch. However, this ‘misunderstanding’ may have occurred on more than one occasion. A 2nd mother has now come forward stating her child’s lunch was also taken at the same school and replaced with cafeteria food. The Blaze reports,
“Diane Zambrano says her 4-year-old daughter, Jazlyn, is in the same West Hoke Elementary School class as the little girl whose lunch gained national attention earlier this week. When Zambrano picked Jazlyn up from school late last month, she was told by Jazlyn’s teacher that the lunch she had packed that day did not meet the necessary guidelines and that Jazlyn had been sent to the cafeteria. When Jazlyn said she didn’t eat what her mother had made her, Zambrano went to her teacher and demanded to know what happened. She said the teacher told her an official had come through that day to inspect students’ lunches and that those who were lacking certain food groups were sent to the cafeteria. After she received her cafeteria food, the teacher told Zambrano, Jazlyn was told to put her homemade lunch back in her lunchbox and set it on the floor.”
It’s becoming clear that this is not an isolated incident. For the government to have the unrestricted ability to overrule a parent’s nutritional judgement it is not only absurd, but also very dangerous.
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