Food Police Swap Brown Bag for Chicken Nuggets
Are chicken nuggets healthier than a brown bag lunch from home?
A preschooler whose mother had packed the child a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, potato chips and apple juice was told by officials at her school that her lunch “did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines” and was given a cafeteria lunch to supplement the bag lunch including chicken nuggets, according to the Carolina Journal.
The child’s mother told the local paper: “What got me so mad is, number one, don’t tell my kid I’m not packing her lunch box properly. I pack her lunchbox according to what she eats. It always consists of a fruit. It never consists of a vegetable. She eats vegetables at home because I have to watch her because she doesn’t really care for vegetables.”
According to the newspaper, 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” which say that 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.”
The pre-school program is mandated to supplement the lunch, according to federal regulations, if the lunch from home doesn’t meet the standards, the paper said.
Once the story about the lunch hullabaloo made national news, a spokesman for the USDA told the local Fox affiliate that the situation was “mishandled.”
“Nothing from a home-packed meal is ever taken away and teachers cannot force a child to eat whatever supplemental servings are provided,” the TV station reported.
The head of a Greensboro pre-K school told the Fox station that she believes officials are simply trying to assure that students eat healthy meals.
What would you do if someone gave your kids chicken nuggets instead of the lunch you packed for them?