Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Do We Really Want Government Going This Far, Especially With Children?

I don't want a "lunch police":
A mother in Hoke County complains her daughter was forced to eat a school lunch because a government inspector determined her home-made lunch did not meet nutrition requirements. In fact, all of the students in the NC Pre-K program classroom at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford had to accept a school lunch in addition to their lunches brought from home.

NC Pre-K (before this year known as More at Four) is a state-funded education program designed to “enhance school readiness” for four year-olds.

The mother, who doesn’t wish to be identified at this time, says she made her daughter a lunch that contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips. A state inspector assessing the pre-K program at the school said the girl also needed a vegetable, so the inspector ordered a full school lunch tray for her. While the four-year-old was still allowed to eat her home lunch, the girl was forced to take a helping of chicken nuggets, milk, a fruit and a vegetable to supplement her sack lunch.

The mother says the girl was so intimidated by the inspection process that she was too scared to eat all of her homemade lunch. The girl ate only the chicken nuggets provided to her by the school, so she still didn’t eat a vegetable.
Get your nose out of my kid's lunch. Sheesh.


Bill Beeman said...

At least it's refreshing that this story doesn't have a California dateline.....

But we're all going to be living with the government poking into each minute detail of our lives if we don't start cutting back on the obscene amount of money being given to these fools. No money, no lunch inspectors.

No wonder that we're spending more and more on education (and "related" programs and getting less and less return.

PeggyU said...

How come when McDonald's serves chicken nuggets, they're bad but when the government does it, they're are nutritious?

Ellen K said...

I've seen the government lunch and it's not worth the money. Many of my students complain that not only is it not enough to last them through football practice, but the cafeteria will not let them buy more than one lunch. Five chicken tenders, a fruit cup, a carton of milk and a roll do not fill up a fifteen year old boy.