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There's Nothing Wrong With My Kids' Lunch!
From the "no they didn't" files come an interesting, and yes, I'll say it, scary story about a recent incident in a North Carolina elementary school lunchroom. Here’s an excerpt from the Carolina Journal:
“A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious. 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.”
Is this for real?? I’m very confused as to why chicken nuggets – I don’t care what kind they are, they are breaded and most likely processed and fried, trumps a turkey sandwich and a banana? I won’t go into the nutritional facts of the packed lunch, but you all know it was balanced, and a perfectly good lunch.
Now, I'll be one of the first to admit that this country has a major childhood obesity problem. But really, can we truly believe that the mom who lovingly packs her child a lunch of a turkey sandwich, a banana and some chips is the one that needs an intervention? Nope, wrong audience all together! But, that's what can happen when power is given to the wrong people.
There are plenty of kids who are not getting the proper nutrition they need to thrive in school, and maintain overall health. And I'm all for having teachers or school officials take note of these situations and reach out to the parents to get them some assistance. No harm there.
Personally I would have been outraged if this happened to my child. Chicken nuggets are one of the last things I'd pick for my kids to eat. To be fearful that the school would force them to eat something I, as their parent, deemed unhealthy is outrageous.
Unless the Government can figure out the best way to help these kids (and obviously this is not it), maybe they should stay out of the lunchroom.
How would you react if this happened to your child?