I have a feeling there is another little tidbit that has not been explored in this stir. NC has a large push to eat NC products. This is implemented in the schools as the Farm to School program.
“During the 2010-11 school year, the NC Farm to School program delivered almost one million dollars worth of NC produce to NC schools, reaching 943,368 students in 1,618 schools. The program expands from 14 to 17 weeks for the 2011-12 school year, in addition to offering a summer program.”
NC ranks 4th in the US in broiler (chicken) production.
NC ranks 1st in the US for sweet potato production.
Look at the foods on the tray that was given to the little girl,
chicken nuggets and sweet potato.
NC products offered through a NC government program. Every packed lunch takes money from their government and school coffers.
Her mother’s choice of turkey was still beneficial to NC as they rank 2nd in the nation in turkey production.
However the school and government bureaucracy had nothing to do with purchasing it so they didn’t get their cut.