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Chicago school bans some lunches brought from home
Chicago Tribune ^ | April 11, 2011 | Monica Eng and Joel Hood

Posted on 04/11/2011 7:31:09 AM PDT by yoe

To encourage healthful eating, Chicago school doesn't allow kids to bring lunches or certain snacks from home — and some parents, and many students, aren't fans of the policy

A Little Village Academy student cringes at an enchilada dish served at his school. Many students throw away their entrees uneaten and say they would rather bring food from home. The school, though, does not allow students to bring in their own lunches, unless they have a medical condition or a food allergy.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: arth; chartwellsthompson; chicago; fernandodominguez; foodnazis; foodpolice; illinois; publicschools
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More Government waste and meddling...removing the parents right to decide for their child. Why don't they try teaching the children................
1 posted on 04/11/2011 7:31:11 AM PDT by yoe
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To: yoe

I have no pity for the people suffering this totalitarian oppression. Chicago has the government they deserve.


2 posted on 04/11/2011 7:33:39 AM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
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To: yoe
The money quote from Big Brother:

Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.

What is the nutritional value of an uneaten lunch?

3 posted on 04/11/2011 7:33:47 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: yoe

“The school, though, does not allow students to bring in their own lunches, unless they have a medical condition or a food allergy.”

WHAT?!!!

When I went to school, I could bring lunches, or buy them whenever I pleased on any given day. On a given day, I usually decided to bring my own, because I hated waiting in line, then deciding to eat afterwards.

Well, I guess this is Chicago though.


4 posted on 04/11/2011 7:33:47 AM PDT by Morpheus2009 (I pity the fool - Mr. T)
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To: yoe

Moochelle’s meddling into what kids can and can’t eat at school....Any Chicago area freepers up for a day of civil disobediance? Hand out Brownies and choc. chip cookies dressed in your best tea party gear! LOL....


5 posted on 04/11/2011 7:34:40 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: yoe

The schools depend on the federal school lunch cash... can’t have kids who want better tasting food derailing the gravy train.


6 posted on 04/11/2011 7:35:35 AM PDT by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: yoe

This is all about E-Rate funding. If they’re not an 85% or above school, no Priority 2 funding.....


7 posted on 04/11/2011 7:36:05 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Hoodat

Nutritional value has nothing to do with it. It’s the people getting paid to supply the lunches that are gaining the value. Someone is getting a kick back.


8 posted on 04/11/2011 7:37:06 AM PDT by RC2
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To: Morpheus2009
It's about the federal dollars for the school lunch program and the contacted firms who prepare and supply the food.

If the federal government paid fifty cents more to eat sand, it would be in every kid's diet throughout the land and celebrated as the new health initiative. China tried that about 75 years ago and a few billion people died.

9 posted on 04/11/2011 7:37:52 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: Hoodat

Great. Government protecting us from ourselves.


10 posted on 04/11/2011 7:37:59 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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11 posted on 04/11/2011 7:40:02 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Hoodat
“Principal Elsa Carmona”

Well that explains the Enchilada’s on the menu. What are the odds the Gubermint folks, and Schools officials are getting kickbacks from the food providers....nah...not in Chicago.

12 posted on 04/11/2011 7:40:15 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: Hoodat
Yea there, Elsa, enchiladas are a real healthy choice.
13 posted on 04/11/2011 7:41:51 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: yoe

Follow the money.


14 posted on 04/11/2011 7:42:45 AM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: metmom

Ping!!!


15 posted on 04/11/2011 7:43:25 AM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: fwdude

Agree.....


16 posted on 04/11/2011 7:43:41 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: yoe
Any school that bans homemade lunches also puts more money in the pockets of the district's food provider
Just as i suspected. This isn't about the chiiildren, FOLLOW THE MONEY.
17 posted on 04/11/2011 7:45:14 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: yoe

They should complain to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. Oh, that’s right, he’s just part of the problem.


18 posted on 04/11/2011 7:46:39 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Hoodat
Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.

So now we know how some of the students in her school pass to upper grades without real qualifications: the school must be answering their multiple choice test questions for them to protect them from getting the wrong answers.

Cradle to grave control.

I guess students in her school are just too dumb and ignorant to survive without such assistance.

19 posted on 04/11/2011 7:46:55 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More (The mighty zero, obama,does not warrant the respect necessary for his name to be capitalized.)
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To: yoe

Here is the “School’s” Web Site:
http://www.lva.cps.k12.il.us/lva/LINKS.html
If I were a parent this thing would set off red lights all over the place.


20 posted on 04/11/2011 7:47:20 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: yoe
"School food makes my kids sick." There, instant health exemption.

Any school that bans homemade lunches also puts more money in the pockets of the district's food provider, Chartwells-Thompson. The federal government pays the district for each free or reduced-price lunch taken, and the caterer receives a set fee from the district per lunch.

There's the reason. I wonder of the principal has any economic ties with this company.

21 posted on 04/11/2011 7:47:37 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: RC2
Someone is getting a kick back.

Correctamundo! From the article:

Any school that bans homemade lunches also puts more money in the pockets of the district's food provider, Chartwells-Thompson. The federal government pays the district for each free or reduced-price lunch taken, and the caterer receives a set fee from the district per lunch.

22 posted on 04/11/2011 7:47:47 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: yoe

Welcome to Chicago, where the government owns you.


23 posted on 04/11/2011 7:47:57 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: yoe

I bet they make the kids say a pagan blessing over their earth-meal too.


24 posted on 04/11/2011 7:48:12 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: yoe
So now a tuna sandwich is contraband in Chicago?

The parents in this school had better start making some serious noise.

25 posted on 04/11/2011 7:48:15 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star winner!)
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To: blackdog

Well, if I were a student in that school, I’d smuggle my sandwiches in my backpack or pockets and eat them in the restroom. Then I’d go to the cafeteria, load my tray up with all they’d let me, then I’d throw the whole thing into the trash.


26 posted on 04/11/2011 7:50:43 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More (The mighty zero, obama,does not warrant the respect necessary for his name to be capitalized.)
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To: Real Cynic No More
Cradle to grave control.

'Control' is the key word here. From the article:

"The school food is very healthy," he said, "and when they bring the food from home, there is no control over the food."

27 posted on 04/11/2011 7:51:08 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: fwdude
I have no pity for the people suffering this totalitarian oppression.

I have less than "no pity." I have something in the range between blame and condemnation.

Public education is WELFARE. Just say no. Don't mooch!

28 posted on 04/11/2011 7:51:41 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Public education is WELFARE.)
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To: yoe

Without competition is it any wonder that the quality went down?

Socialist nitwits cannot ever fathom the value of competition - OR - as is more likely - they are part of the beneficiaries of the monopoly policy.


29 posted on 04/11/2011 7:53:10 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Hoodat

How much does Chartwells-Thompson pay some politician for passing this law?


30 posted on 04/11/2011 7:53:48 AM PDT by RC2
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To: steve86
I bet they make the kids say a pagan blessing over their earth-meal too.

Mmmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm Barack Hussein Obama.... Amen.

31 posted on 04/11/2011 7:53:50 AM PDT by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: yoe

The guber mint is there to help.


32 posted on 04/11/2011 7:55:31 AM PDT by Red6
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To: Real Cynic No More

Sort of a politicoculinary bulemia I suppose?


33 posted on 04/11/2011 7:58:05 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: Real Cynic No More

Why don’t they just mix the ritalin right in with the organically raised fruit cup?


34 posted on 04/11/2011 8:00:57 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: yoe
If I were that reporter I would ask the Principal what SHE ate for lunch. I bet she didn't eat the slop they were slopping up in the cafeteria. I wonder about her weight as well - is she exercising good dietary choices?
35 posted on 04/11/2011 8:01:47 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: blackdog

One cheese enchalas will get you 50% of your daily allowance of sat. fat and 30 - 35% of your sodium. If they serve up two of them to the kiddies, you do the math. Yep it is about the Children!


36 posted on 04/11/2011 8:03:39 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: yoe

What’s the problem? Parents have willingly allowed communist union slugs to control their kids brains so why the heck not allow the Marxists to control their diet?

As we have allowed the incremental cancer of socialism/communism/Marxism to infect every aspect of our daily lives what makes us think our children are ours to raise?

Might as well delete the 1st and 2nd Amendments as we no longer have enough people with a backbone and a love of what the founders risked their lives and fortunes for to fight the government on the local/state/federal level, and while we are at it, the UN level as our boy wonder in the Oval Office wants us to all bend over for international law.


37 posted on 04/11/2011 8:03:39 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: yoe

I graduated in 2005 and I packed my lunch every day of HS. Not only that, I used paper bags each time. Haha. The cafeteria actually served cookies at lunch too. My friends dared me to see how many I could eat once. I demolished 17 of them. Pretty decent sized cookies too. Haha. The great thing was, was that we bought all of them at once. We had a tray loaded down with about 20 cookies and that was it. I have a feeling that those days are gone. I can’t imagine what they would say if someone went to pay for his lunch and all it was was chocolate cookies.


39 posted on 04/11/2011 8:07:25 AM PDT by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: DAC21

Everyone knows mexican food is good for you. You never see any fat people running the border do you? They are all skinny and fit. Right now the USDA is reconstructing an ethnically sensitive food pyramid chart.


40 posted on 04/11/2011 8:08:07 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: Hoodat
'Control' is the key word here.

Well, this issue is about much more than the food that kids eat. I raised two children, quite successfully. I learned early on that the more you try to control what a child does, the more they sneak around to do things that they themselves control - and that leads to very negative results. All that too much control does is breed anarchy - their is a delicate balance that is often violated one way or the other.

One has to loosen the strings of control on small items early on, and on large items later in life so that the child becomes confident in making his/her own decisions - and making the correct ones. Removing the child from the decision-making process steals from them the ability to make good decisions later in life. In that situation, they never mature unless and until they completely rebel and go out on their own.

There was a bloody revloution in the late 1700s that illustrated quite clearly the results of too much control imposed on the populace. There was another bloody encounter in the 1860s, less than 100 years later. It's been longer than that since such as that occurred, but it's looking like the time for another may be nearing.

41 posted on 04/11/2011 8:12:17 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More (The mighty zero, obama,does not warrant the respect necessary for his name to be capitalized.)
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To: RC2
Here's what I found so far:

According to Bob Bloomer, regional vice president of Herndon, Va.-based Thompson Hospitality, the largest minority-owned foodservice company in the United States . . .

Chartwells-Thompson wins Chicago Public Schools account

42 posted on 04/11/2011 8:14:14 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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D.C. school lunch firm (Chartwells-Thompson) questioned on nutrition

A company that serves meals to 2½ million schoolchildren daily in more than 500 districts nationwide, with multimillion-dollar contracts in both Washington and Chicago, has a history of marginal quality and food-safety scares amid concerns over the nutritional content of its school menus, according to school and company records.

Chartwells-Thompson School Dining Services, a subsidiary of the Charlotte, N.C.-based Compass Group, owner of Burger King, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, is one of North America's largest school cafeteria operators — its contracts with the Chicago Public Schools from 2001 to 2009 totaling more than $289 million and a D.C. operation that could net the firm as much as $140 million from 2008 to 2013.

Besides sharing the same food service provider, the D.C. and Chicago districts both suffer from high rates of poverty and child obesity in what are known as "food deserts," areas with poor access to healthy, affordable food. The District has the highest rate of adolescent obesity in the country, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Chicago ranks fourth-highest.

Even as Congress weighs recommendations from the not-for-profit, nongovernmental Institute of Medicine (IOM) for improving national school lunch standards, the D.C. school district does not list the nutritional content of school meals on its Web site — contrary to the more transparent policies in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Seattle.

Just last year, in the face of Chicago's child-obesity problem, Chartwells defended serving desserts to schoolchildren even as other districts abandoned the practice. Likewise, the company served cheese nachos on a daily basis as a means of getting children to partake in school lunch options.

In 2007, Chicago school officials similarly defended Chartwells' cereal-for-lunch offering, which included sugary brands such as Trix and Cocoa Puffs. Two years later, cereal maker General Mills announced it was reducing the sugar content in its products, including Trix and Cocoa Puffs, in the face of growing scrutiny from consumers, regulators and health groups over the nutritional value of their foods.

A Chicago schools spokesman said the city's school meals "meet or exceed" federal standards.

43 posted on 04/11/2011 8:19:25 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: yoe
But parent Miguel Medina said he thinks the "no home lunch policy" is a good one. "The school food is very healthy," he said, "and when they bring the food from home, there is no control over the food."

At Claremont Academy Elementary School on the South Side, officials allow packed lunches but confiscate any snacks loaded with sugar or salt. (They often are returned after school.) Principal Rebecca Stinson said that though students may not like it, she has yet to hear a parent complain.

This whole community reeks of authoritarianism. It's clearly predominately Hispanic; does "culture" have something to do with it?

44 posted on 04/11/2011 8:20:27 AM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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To: yoe

45 posted on 04/11/2011 8:25:09 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: yoe

The grade of the food used in school lunches isn’t that great.

For example diseased chickens with open puss filled sores are allowed to be used for chicken nuggets used in schools. The cooking process kills the bacteria so its safe.


46 posted on 04/11/2011 8:26:57 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Chicago vomited out the Obamanation. They are complicit. Let the Marxists rot in the putrid bed they have made.


47 posted on 04/11/2011 8:27:47 AM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
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To: yoe; bamahead; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; ...

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48 posted on 04/11/2011 8:29:07 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

‘Public education is WELFARE’

Public schools are not welfare, we pay for them whether our children use them or not.


49 posted on 04/11/2011 8:29:35 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: yoe

Cafeteria workers in Chicago government schools are ‘represented’ by either SEIU or a ‘public service employees’ union of some ilk, right?


50 posted on 04/11/2011 8:31:08 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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