Stories like this break my heart.
“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.” Sara Burrows writes.
“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 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.”
“When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones.”
The article goes on, but let’s stop there.
First, nutrition has gotten so bad in America that our government now spends money to police little kid’s lunch. And, like most large programs, weird situations arise where bad decisions get made as people try to follow general guidance. It’s a really sad state of affairs.
What really needs to happen is parents need to get educated on how to provide their children with nutritious food. They need to learn the 5 Fundamental Truths to living healthy. Then they need to teach their children good eating habits. Unfortunately, this isn’t something the government can mandate and police. It needs to start with people like us learning and sharing with our friends.