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 agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her 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.
The girl’s mother — who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation — said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a “healthy lunch” would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25.
“I don't feel that I should pay for a cafeteria lunch when I provide lunch for her from home,” the mother wrote in a complaint to her state representative, Republican G.L. Pridgen of Robeson County.
When the girl came home with her lunch untouched, her mother wanted to know what she ate instead. Three chicken nuggets, the girl answered. Everything else on her cafeteria tray went to waste.
So our government knows best, right? I can't help but think how humiliating that would have been for the little girl as well as the mother. What was wrong with a turkey and cheese sandwich? But the gestapo decided they would serve the kid chicken nuggets instead, yeah, like that's healthy.
I see absolutely nothing wrong with what she packed for her little girl. School lunches are expensive for those, like myself, that have to pay it. And let me tell you, it is hurts our budget. We literally pay correction $80 a month for our boys school lunches. Why? Because 88% of the kids in my boys school, don't have to pay for theirs. But since we hit just a teeny, tiny bit higher bracket in income, we get screwed. Really makes me mad.
Is this what this country is coming to? Our government becoming the food police? How much more of our freedom is the Obama administration going to take? This is FASCISM. Whether you want to believe it or not. Obama believes himself to be a dictator and people are continually allowing him and his pathetic wife to dictate what we can and cannot eat.