Skip to comments.No Freedom For You! When School Lunch Nazis Attack
Posted on 02/16/2012 2:37:09 PM PST by raptor22
Federal Guidelines: The nanny state that tells us what cars we should drive, what energy we must use and what health insurance we must have is now telling mothers what they can put in their children's school lunches.
We are all familiar with the Transportation Security Administration going through our stuff at the airport on the assumption all of us are potential terrorists. When a similar level of scrutiny is applied to our kids' school lunches on the assumption we are too stupid to feed them properly, we wonder if there's any place the nanny state will not reach to curtail our freedoms in the name of what's good for us.
On Jan. 30, a preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford, N.C., had three chicken nuggets for lunch 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. After consuming the approved nuggets, she was sent home with her mom-packed lunch and a bill from the school for $1.25.
The Division of Child Development and Early Education at 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. That means 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.
What's been called the greatest generation was somehow able to defeat Imperial Japan, Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy after being raised on lunches their moms packed for them. This nation went to the moon without the federal government telling us what we and our children should eat.
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Since when is it the government’s business to traumatize four-year-olds by telling them their mothers are trying to feed them unhealthy foods that make them fat? Who says the government knows better what’s good for them, especially when too many kids graduate unable to read the nutrition labels the government also requires?
What happens when they pull that on someone who is allergic to chicken?
Or is lactose intolerant?
Maybe parents pack a lunch that they know their kids will eat, and GUBMINT should just keep out of the way.
“must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables,”
Meat = turkey. check
milk (dairy) = cheese - check
2 servings fruit: banana, apple juice - check
grain = wheat bread - check
Not good enough - must eat chicken nuggets. And just WHAT THE HE*L kind of food is that? (skip the ad)
This is really a great example of why the gov’t needs to get OUT OF OUR LIVES. Mechanically separated chicken - that includes everything but the bones...that includes eye balls (What the gov’t and MOOchelle should be ding is going after the fake factory foods. But it isn’t nutrition they’re after - it’s control, especially over our children.)
And just what kind of meat are they giving our kids?
Maybe some of this?
or how about some meat made with ‘meat glue”?
My rule of thumb: If it ain’t got bones, I don’t get it - and as for beef - I get organic GRASS FED beef. If doesn’t cost all that mush more -= you get much more nutrition from it, so you can eat a bit less - to even out the expense.
photo of food nazi audrey rowe USDA...
Moochelle should be buried under a crapload of letters and -emails protesting her nanny state UNHEALTHY lunches. Somehow, 3 chicken nuggets are crap compared to what this child had brought to school.
My guess is these schools are not meeting their quota in the “Free Lunch” programs...
h This is an example of why people should be marching to DC, but they won't. We have to worry why some rich guy made a joke about aspirin, which I am sure Mitchell had heard before at her age.
photo of food nazi audrey rowe USDA...
NOBODY on any comments for this story that I have read anywhere, has questioned the cost involved of having a mandatory food Nazi examine the lunches of the kids at EVERY school ‘participating’ (forced to join) in the mandatory “program” in NC, if not all states.
The state regulation reads:
“Sites must provide breakfast and/or snacks and lunch meeting USDA requirements during the regular school day. The partial/full cost of meals may be charged when families do not qualify for free/reduced price meals.
“When children bring their own food for meals and snacks to the center, if the food does not meet the specified nutritional requirements, the center must provide additional food necessary to meet those requirements.”
Its unclear from reports who determined the lunch wasnt healthy enough. The Carolina Journal refers to the person as a state agent, while the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls the person a state inspector who was checking lunches that day.
In an email to The Blaze, Caroline Journal reporter said the inspector was an employee of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development and Early Education.
The mother, who lives in Fayetteville, sent a statement to state Rep. G.L. Pridgen (R-Robeson) detailing her complaint. Pridgen says he was shocked to hear it. Pridgen has since learned this is a nationwide practice based on federal guidelines.
An assistant to Pridgen says the girls grandmother was also upset and asked, This isnt China, is it?
The inspector was most probably from a UNC-Greensboro program which contracts with the state to make the assessments. The assessements use the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised program at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program gives schools a grade based on standards that include USDA meal guidelines enforced by the N.C. Division of Early Childhood Development.
For myself, I recently had an episode with chicken fried in SOY oil.
You know that stuff made from the wonderful soybeans that’s supposed to be Soooo healthy.
Can’t imagine what else they’d use to fry in at a school.
A mother packs a lunch for her child ... with love and wishes for that child to enjoy the lunch made by hand. A bureaucrat informs the child that the mother was ignorant .. with intent to destroy the child’s faith in the parent. Someday that child will look back and realize who had her best interests in mind, and who really loved and cared for her.
How long will it be before some food Nazi shows up at your door to inspect your refrigerator and freezer for government approved food.
This sums it up, conservatives should be repeating this sentence everyday, kudo's to you for the best 2012 campaign slogan.
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