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Food Fight: Chicago School Bans Students From Bringing Own Lunches
The Blaze ^ | 11 Apr 2011 | Jonathon M. Seidl

Posted on 04/11/2011 11:18:37 AM PDT by mandaladon

Who would have ever thought that the youth would revolt over bringing their own lunches to school? But while young communists march against austerity in Britain, young people at one Chicago school are fighting their administrators for the opportunity to pack their own meals. All because the school wants to promote healthy choices.

“Who thinks the lunch is not good enough?” the Chicago Tribune recently observed seventh-grader Fernando Dominguez shouting to his lunch mates in Spanish and English at Little Village Academy. It‘s a public school on Chicago’s West Side.

As numerous hands reached for the ceiling, Dominguez led a chant: “We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch!”

At the school, students are only allowed to bring their own lunch if they have a medical excuse. Why? You guessed it: the school wants to protect children from food that’s unhealthy.

“Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,”Principal Elsa Carmona told the Tribune. “It’s about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception.” Carmona said she instituted the policy six years ago when she got tired of seeing kids bringing chips and soda. According to her, it’s a common practice in Chicago. And according to a district spokesperson, that’s okay.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: a; chicago; education; oba; schoolboard; schoollunch; urban
The ban has had two effects. First, more government money funneled to the school lunch provider. And second, ironically, less students eating the meals. The Tribune explains the not-so-shocking details:...It also means more government control over our lives...that makes the commies happy
1 posted on 04/11/2011 11:18:41 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon
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....Since our government has so much money to spend...I guess that's OK
2 posted on 04/11/2011 11:20:48 AM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: mandaladon
“Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,”Principal Elsa Carmona

Freedom wise, it is better the children and their parents have a choice, Comrade Carmona.

3 posted on 04/11/2011 11:25:35 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: mandaladon
The Chicago Tribune had this gem of a quote from the principal:
Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.

Typical government-run nanny-state school, I'd say. We must protect the people from themselves!

link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-school-lunch-restrictions-041120110410,0,4567867.story

4 posted on 04/11/2011 11:25:35 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (Visit CTF.org)
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To: mandaladon

Okay, I grew up mainly in SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA and this would’ve dismayed and astonished my teachers, principals and the parents in my neighbor hood back in the 1960’s and early 70’s!! That’s how far we’ve come! My 5th grade teacher was a WWII Bataan Death March survivor and my 6th grade teacher’s hair turned white (overnight!) in Vietnam. I suspect that Mr. Lamb and Mr. Corbin would fight this tooth & nail!


5 posted on 04/11/2011 11:26:11 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ('As a kid, I got three meals a day: Oatmeal, miss-a-meal, and no meal.' Mr. T)
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To: All

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6 posted on 04/11/2011 11:26:32 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: mandaladon

This is Bull Shiite!

By the time I got to High School I hated their food. I don’t care for pizza and never have.

Whatever sauce they used in the pizza, sloppy joe and enchilada sucked and was to acidic. Besides, I can’t stand the taste of sauces out of a can.

I also can’t stand ravioli. Gag.

This is a scam to get more money into the school system and the parents should sue.

It doesn’t take into account individual dietary requirements and abrogates a parents decision about what their children should eat.

A parent has zero idea what is being served in a cafeteria.

I guarantee you my Mom would have said “take your lunch anyway and whatever happens I will support you. No one tells my kids what to eat.”

When I grew up, we weren’t allowed foods with sugar and if we had cereal you could only use 2 tsp.

I never cared for sweets as a kid and consequently don’t care for them now.

I never liked any drink with sugar in it either and at my school they served iced tea with sugar in it. Blech! I prefer chemical sweeteners and always have.

Kommunists!


7 posted on 04/11/2011 11:30:39 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: TexasRepublic

“Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,”Principal Elsa Carmona”???????????

Dear Fascist Carmona:
You are full of crap. I would never eat the garbage served in a school cafeteria. I hate most of the foods you serve and don’t eat them at home.

Like ham. Not only do I not eat it but because of the sulphates I get a headache from it. So I would actually skip eating lunch.

Fascist!


8 posted on 04/11/2011 11:33:23 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: TexasRepublic

“Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,”Principal Elsa Carmona”???????????

Dear Fascist Carmona:
I’ve heard wearing a Burka will actually protect me bees. Will your next helpful demand require we wear them next?


9 posted on 04/11/2011 11:34:39 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: mandaladon

Because this is in Chicago, I’m guessing Carmona may be getting a kickback from the district’s food provider, which is paid by the federal government.


10 posted on 04/11/2011 11:37:22 AM PDT by Avid Coug
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To: mandaladon
Our large-Marge in our White House is particularly concerned about our chubby little kids . . . go to make them skinny like that illegal alien that shares her prayer rug. It IS a federal issue, since "chubby," "fat," and "obese" is in our Constitution right next to penumbra, abortion, privacy, and 3-gallons per flush.

Now, this is the same federal government that they want to stay out of our bedrooms when it comes to disgusting sex choices . . . they can go into our kitchens, but stay out of our bedrooms.

11 posted on 04/11/2011 11:41:29 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: mandaladon

How long before they start adding “medicine” to those foods to aid in the kids education? If they haven’t already.


12 posted on 04/11/2011 11:47:10 AM PDT by TruthBeforeAll (To a liberal, if an idea is a complete & utter disaster, it's only because there's not enough of it.)
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To: mandaladon

No,no, I get it. “Health Choices” means do it their way or else.


13 posted on 04/11/2011 11:56:07 AM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: mandaladon
This is the same thing as those Pennsylvania judges who sent kids to juvenile detention facilities for a kickback.
14 posted on 04/11/2011 12:06:44 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When and why did Steve Dunham change his name to Barack Hussein Obama? When he converted to Islam?)
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To: TexasRepublic
“Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,”Principal Elsa Carmona

Try telling that to my parents (both with M.Sc.'s in physical education, plus a doctorate in kinesiology for my father who taught health and human nutrition, etc. at the university level), back when I brought bag lunches to school every day.

The nanny state is getting ahead of itself. It's made idiots of its citizens, and then points to that idiocy as proof that it needs to take care of them for their own good!

15 posted on 04/11/2011 12:41:40 PM PDT by Liberty1970 (Liberty, not License. Freedom, not Slavery.)
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To: Liberty1970

But they let the children return to that same home at the end of the day.........for now.


16 posted on 04/11/2011 12:51:41 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: mandaladon

Orwell was spot-on about Newspeak.

“Choice” = government mandated behavior.


17 posted on 04/11/2011 1:26:50 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Vendome

I didn’t mind school food, but that is totally beside the point. I don’t care if you love it and want to eat it every day. It is NOT THE SCHOOL’S BUSINESS. In fact, I really don’t think there should be a school lunch program at all. If parents want to feed their kids junk, I feel sorry for the kids, but it’s the parent’s decision. If someone wants to get a charity together and come in and feed kids with donations, fine. Stop thinking the government and taxpayers should be doing it and then taking over the jobs parents should be doing. There will always be crappy parents. We don’t seem to have fewer or them because we have a zillion government programs either. It doesn’t seem to be working. Well, except I think it’s helped politicians and some companies...


18 posted on 04/11/2011 1:40:04 PM PDT by brytlea (A tick stole my tagline....)
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To: mandaladon
The next thing you know, they will be putting cameras in our houses to monitor our actions.

It's way past time for a revolution. WAY PAST TIME!

19 posted on 04/11/2011 1:54:53 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: mandaladon

Nothing like usurping parental authority.

There was an article in my newspaper yesterday by a public school teacher who was upset because apparently in Southern California, parents are pulling their children out of the public schools in droves and enrolling them in private church schools, which she claims are proliferating. She knew that there were plenty of Catholic schools, but private Christian schools?

Typical whiner — whining about the kids, whining about the parents, whining about the parents removing kids from the wonderful public schools and placing them in church schools.
Upset that these parents told her that they thought the California public schools were beyone hope. Well, these parents know what’s going on in the CA public schools and how difficult it is to send their kids there.

Get out while the getting’s good!


20 posted on 04/11/2011 1:56:38 PM PDT by goldi (')
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To: mandaladon

All in all you’re just another brick in the wall...


21 posted on 04/11/2011 1:57:52 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: mandaladon

You can’t have your pudding if you don’t eat your meat!


22 posted on 04/11/2011 2:16:17 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: laweeks

Illegal aliens are NOT skinny - check out any Walmart.


23 posted on 04/11/2011 2:17:24 PM PDT by jimt
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To: jimt

Re: “Illegal aliens are NOT skinny - check out any Walmart.”

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That’s for sure. Here in L.A. my teacher friends report from the vast barrios that little Pedro and Maria are NOT thin — rather, they tend to be quite tubby indeed!

The poor taxpayers foot the bill for free BREAKFAST and LUNCH for the illegals and others deemed ‘poor,’ who merely pick at or toss the food into the trash — and then their ‘guardians’ (many in gang gear) pick them up and take them to the fast food joints across the streets from the schools at 3 p.m.

Cut those programs out — shut down the ‘entitlements’ — WE are broke!


24 posted on 04/11/2011 2:26:48 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: mandaladon

Reminds me of when I was a little kid and they tried to force me to eat the ginger-ale Jello at lunch. Maybe it had pears in it, I don’t recall. I do remember resisting and had to get my folks involved. Not sure if I puked on anyone’s shoes, but I recall gagging a lot. That was a private school so we at least had recourse.

I hate freaking Jello to this day. It is useful for ballistic testing if mixed strong enough ...


25 posted on 04/11/2011 5:21:22 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: USMCPOP
I went all 12 years to Catholic schools in Detroit. In neither school was there a cafeteria. If a student didn't live close enough to go home for lunch, the student either brown-bagged it, or went to a nearby bakery and had pastries and chocolate milk for lunch. Somehow or another, we all survived to this day, late 60s or 70 years old.

I am very sorry for your loss, USMCPOP.

26 posted on 04/11/2011 6:51:54 PM PDT by Ax
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To: TruthBeforeAll
How long before they start adding “medicine” to those foods to aid in the kids education? If they haven’t already.

I have wondered if MK Ultra was just a dose finding operation.

27 posted on 04/12/2011 7:30:05 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: Ax

“I went all 12 years to Catholic schools...”

I did 11 out of 12. I narrowly survived being hit on the head with a biology book by a Christian Brother. Wasn’t paying attention one day, LOL.


28 posted on 04/12/2011 8:28:38 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: mandaladon

And these are the same people who scream about their rights to have control over their own bodies; yet, they want to take away the rights of parents (and the students) to determine what goes into their children’s bodies while at school. If you looked at Chicago paper’s photo of this, they were serving a pile of unrecognizable goo and calling it an enchilada. The kid in the photo had his face covered and not one kid at the table had eaten the entrée.

A more important point here, however, is the lack of respect some educators have for parents. If they don’t trust them to pack a lunch, they are certainly not letting parents having any input into their children’s education.

Can anyone say “homeschooling”?


29 posted on 04/12/2011 7:12:37 PM PDT by IdratherbeatPemberley
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