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‘Lunch-In’ Protests Crackdown on Homemade Lunches
weeklystandard.com ^ | Feb 23, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER

Posted on 02/23/2012 10:44:34 PM PST by grundle

The National Center for Public Policy Research hosted a “lunch-in” today at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.

The target of the protest? “[F]ederal school nutrition guidelines that allegedly forced at least one student to forgo her mother’s home-packed lunch in favor of chicken nuggets,” a press release announcing today’s event read.

The alleged lunch incident happened in North Carolina. “A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because the school told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious,” a local reporter wrote last week. “The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the person who was inspecting all lunch boxes in the More at Four classroom that day.”

The story quickly became national news, causing outrage from those who say the government is waging war on lunch.

“We just sat down and had a nice lunch,” protest organizer David Almasi says of today’s protest. “It was our way of thumbing our nose at the federal regulators.”

The location of today’s protest “lunch-in,” Freedom Plaza, is on land owned by the federal government, under the management of the National Park Service.

Seven people at today’s “lunch-in,” which consisted of turkey and cheese sandwiches, potato chips, apple juice boxes, and bananas. It is exactly the lunch that was reportedly taken away from the four-year-old schoolgirl in North Carolina.

“Even though my four-year-old and two-year-old will both be starting at public schools in a few months, I did not agree to let the government make every decision about how they are raised,” Jennifer Biddison said in advance of attending this afternoon’s “seditious lunch,” according to a press release. “Just because I choose to let government schools teach my kids math and reading doesn’t mean I want them to dictate other things such as how they will eat and how they will dress. I’m quite content with the way I am raising them, and I ask the government to honor my choices in such family matters.”

Today’s “protest is part of The National Center for Public Policy Research’s Occupy Occupy D.C.’ events at Freedom Plaza,” a press release announced. “The National Center obtained a five-week permit from the U.S. Park Service that forces the Occupy D.C. encampment to share the park between February 12 and March 15.”


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: education; foodnazis; foodpolice; lunch; nannystate; parenting; publicschools; schoollunch; schools; schoolunches

1 posted on 02/23/2012 10:44:35 PM PST by grundle
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To: grundle

I like turkey & cheese.


2 posted on 02/23/2012 11:05:22 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: grundle

I believe that Mom could make a business making lunch bags for the students.


3 posted on 02/23/2012 11:08:24 PM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: grundle
MICHELLE LUNCHBOX, MICHELLE APPROVED SCHOOL LUNCHBOX
4 posted on 02/23/2012 11:09:03 PM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: grundle

I say that whoever took her lunch, ate it. Case closed.


5 posted on 02/24/2012 12:24:21 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: grundle

What an overweening snot that inspect-heckler must have been. Must have been a sister of the Grinch who stole Christmas. What was a better lunch, three chicken nuggets (not three servings of nuggets, just three nuggets) or what she had? So if they were all hot and bothered that she needed milk too... why not GIVE her some. Or suggest to her mom to add it next time. Maybe she was lactose-sensitive and could tolerate cheese but not milk — had they ever thought of looking into that?


6 posted on 02/24/2012 12:31:43 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: grundle
If a parent sends a kid too school with a PBJ sandwich, chips, and Twinkies, for lunch it still is none of the local, state, or federal governments, business.
7 posted on 02/24/2012 12:41:57 AM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: cva66snipe
If a parent sends a kid too school with a PBJ sandwich ... STOP RIGHT THERE! Peanut Butter?!!! "Hazmat team to the cafeteria, stat! Get the children into MOPP level 3 gear immediately. This is not a drill."
8 posted on 02/24/2012 2:23:55 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Limbaugh: Tim Tebow miracle: "He had atheists praying to God that he would lose.")
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To: NonValueAdded
STOP RIGHT THERE! Peanut Butter?!!! "Hazmat team to the cafeteria, stat! Get the children into MOPP level 3 gear immediately. This is not a drill."

Why only ban one food that people are allergic to? Why not ban EVERY food that has been known to cause allergies?

I'll start by listing the foods I am allergic to: avocados, ginger, cilantro, some fish, water chestnuts.

I'm pretty certain that once the list is complete, NO food will be allowed in the cafeteria. And that's good, because of the obesity problem!

9 posted on 02/24/2012 4:12:32 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: grundle

When I went to school we didn’t have cafetaria’s. We all carried our lunch in a bag. We kept that lunch in our desk until time to eat. They did sell milk for 4 cents a half pint.

I am surprised I am still alve LMAO


10 posted on 02/24/2012 5:03:17 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Tainan
Ross and the turkey sandwich.
11 posted on 02/24/2012 5:51:36 AM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: Venturer

When I was small, we could not afford to buy lunches at school. We could not afford junk food and canned drinks, either.

I volunteered in a church sponsored program to teach young parents to plan, shop and cook for daily life. They did not learn at home because parents worked (or were single parents and/or totally ghetto dysfunctional). They ate mostly prepared drinks, and foods from jars, cans or the freezer, prepared snacks and at cheap resturants and carryout growing up.

This is what Michelle should be doing with her program to improve the American diet but that would empty the third world government feeding centers they are trying to create in the cities. Femi-nazis conquered the joy, knowledge and “tradition” of daily family home cooking in the name of freeing women. So now so many get to be divorced, tired, fat and hungry at the same time.


12 posted on 02/24/2012 6:30:43 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: grundle

Had turkey and cheese sandwich for lunch yesterday myself


13 posted on 02/24/2012 6:44:03 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: SaraJohnson

What is funny is that a few years back schools had home economics.Many girls took it, but then they started having the boys take the class, Now they have done away with Home ec, here.


14 posted on 02/24/2012 8:49:38 AM PST by Venturer
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To: 6SJ7

Damn...good thing there was no cheese on it or there might have been bloodshed.


15 posted on 02/24/2012 6:34:38 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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