Talk about government run amok, get a load of this. A preschooler in North Carolina was told by a state official that the lunch that was packed by her mother was unacceptable, because it did not meet USDA guidelines. The official then made the preschooler purchase a lunch provided by the school, and the girl later went home with her uneaten sack lunch AND a bill for $1.25. Talk about Big Brother watching you!
As reported in the Carolina Journal Online, the girl’s mother packed her a ” turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice.” However, this meal “did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.”
Lunch box inspection? Are you serious? I’m pretty sure there are better uses of state funds than inspecting preschoolers’ lunch boxes.
The girl’s mother — who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation — said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a “healthy lunch” would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25.
“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.
The mother was angry for a number of reasons:
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 CJ. “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.”
When the girl came home with her lunch untouched, her mother wanted to know what she ate instead. Three chicken nuggets, the girl answered. Everything else on her cafeteria tray went to waste.
Fox News’ Trace Galllagher also reported on the story of the state messing with the preschoolers lunch box:
According to the Fox report, school officials later apologized. Why? For a stupid “big brother” invasion of privacy? No. They apologized, because they now deem that the girls lunch did meet USDA requirements. So… the lunch had the government’s blessing. Big deal. They should scrap this program and return the money to the taxpayers.
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