After you read the following news article I would love to hear your opinion on it. My kids are all to young to be in school, but in the future if I ever receive a note saying I am not a “good dad” because I did not provide a certain food that the state wanted me to, my blood pressure will shoot through the roof.
Chicken nuggets, really? That is the missing ingredient in a healthy lunch?
I understand the point of providing a healthy lunch and if they want to regualte what goes on the tray they are preparing then I guess go for it. But, if I am sending my child to school with a lunch prepared at home, it is probably because that is what I want my child eating. Duh!
Maybe I don’t want my kids having access to processed nuggets. Do the state agents even care about that?
A Hoke County preschooler was fed chicken nuggets for lunch because a state worker felt that her homemade lunch did not have enough nutritional value, according to a report by the Carolina Journal.
The West Hoke Elementary School student was in her More at Four classroom when a state agent who was inspecting lunch boxes decided that her packed lunch — which consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips — “did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines,” the Journal reports.
The decision was made under consideration of a regulation put in place by the the Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services, which requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs to meet USDA guidelines.
“When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones,” the Journal reports.
The student’s mother told the Journal she received a note from the school about the incident and was charged $1.25 for the cafeteria tray, from which her daughter only ate three chicken nuggets.
The note explained how students who did not bring “healthy lunches” would be offered the missing portions and that parents could be charged for the cost of the cafeteria food, the Journal reports.
The mother, who was not identified in the report, expressed concern about school officials telling her daughter that she wasn’t “packing her lunch box properly.”
article and photo via Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced With Nuggets | Fox News.
How does this article make you feel? Do you want total control of what your kids eat, or do you think the government should play a role?