North Carolina Preschooler Has Packed Lunch Confiscated; Forced to Eat School Cafeteria Food

Thank you Moochelle Obama! 

Yet another reason to homeschool your children:

Lunch Police

Nanny state report: NC school officials confiscate preschooler’s homemade lunch
By Matthew Boyle – The Daily Caller

A North Carolina elementary school forced a preschool student to eat cafeteria chicken nuggets for lunch on Jan. 30 after officials reportedly determined that her homemade meal wasn’t up to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s standards for healthfulness, according to a report from the Carolina Journal.

The newspaper reported that the four-year-old girl brought a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, potato chips and apple juice in her packed lunch from home. That meal didn’t meet with approval from the government agent who was on site inspecting kids’ lunches that day.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Child Development and Early Education requires that all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs must meet USDA guidelines. Meals, the guidelines say, must include one serving each of meat, milk and grain and two servings of fruit or vegetables. Those guidelines apply to home-packed lunches as well as cafeteria meals.

The Carolina Journal reported that the girl and her mother wish to remain anonymous to avoid public scrutiny, but she did write to her state representative to complain about it.

“I don’t feel that I should pay for a cafeteria lunch when I provide lunch for her from home,” the mother wrote in a complaint to her state representative, Republican G.L. Pridgen of Robeson County.

“What got me so mad is, number one, don’t tell my kid I’m not packing her lunch box properly,” the girl’s mother told a reporter. “I pack her lunchbox according to what she eats. It always consists of a fruit. It never consists of a vegetable. She eats vegetables at home because I have to watch her because she doesn’t really care for vegetables.”

The story has sparked national outrage against bureaucrats and politicians who aim to force food standards and health initiatives into place through legislation and regulatory action. North Carolina Republican Party spokesman Rob Lockwood told The Daily Caller it’s the latest example of why government “intrusion” isn’t helping anyone.

“More parental inclusion, less government intrusion would go a long way to solving our nation’s woes,” Lockwood said in an email. “Today is not a strong day for big-government, nanny-state enthusiasts.”

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6 Comments on “North Carolina Preschooler Has Packed Lunch Confiscated; Forced to Eat School Cafeteria Food”

  1. Gonzo Says:

    Welcome to the new world order.
    Where your childs food will be confiscated if it is not approved designer food, and replaced with the poison that passes for food that the gvt approves.

    1) Anyone who has ever had any kids will tell you that they eat what they like. A parent will know best what the kid will eat. A gvt agent placing foreign food in front of your child does not ensure that the child will eat that food. That is, unless the next step is force feeding.

    2) So they replaced it with Chx nuggets huh? Do you know what they just force fed that kid? Let me help you:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/04/mechanically-separated-meat-chicken-mcnugget-photo_n_749893.html

    yeah, that is soooo much better.

    I’d be outraged too. And waaaaay more vocal, educating a local population in the process.

  2. SirGareth Says:

    There is a wonderful lawsuit here. What a child eats is exclusively the domain of his or her legal guardian and ANYONE who interferes with it is engaging in child molestation.

    What other activities do these thugs believe that can force upun a child?

  3. PB-in-AL Says:

    We actually went through this a number of years ago, fortunately without the force of state law pressuring us. One of my daughter’s teachers noticed that she was very limited in what she ate. It was due to some things she was dealing with and we were already working with a nutritionist. The old bat still threatened to call DHR for and “investigation”. Fortunately, the principal and the main classroom teacher were on our side and shut her up.

  4. joedupont Says:

    The image of North Carolina’s Food Police is something George Orwell might have wanted to write about. What would the food Nazi’s do if child had medical issues and could not eat meat, or was a vegetarian or was fasting for religious beliefs?

    The added insult of this whole school lunch affair is that Chicken Nuggets are not healthy to eat on a regular basis. If we accept this kind of berating of the American family life by food Nazi’s pushing unhealthy snacks, what it next?.


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