Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bagging Bagged Lunch


Chicago Schools say "Nein" to bagged lunches.

The school food police/gestapo are out in full force!
At... Little Village Academy on Chicago's West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria.

Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.

"Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school," Carmona said. "It's about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception."

Carmona said she created the policy six years ago after watching students bring "bottles of soda and flaming hot chips" on field trips for their lunch. Although she would not name any other schools that employ such practices, she said it was fairly common.

A Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman said she could not say how many schools prohibit packed lunches and that decision is left to the judgment of the principals.

"While there is no formal policy, principals use common sense judgment based on their individual school environments," Monique Bond wrote in an email. "In this case, this principal is encouraging the healthier choices and attempting to make an impact that extends beyond the classroom."...

Any school that bans homemade lunches also puts more money in the pockets of the district's food provider, Chartwells-Thompson. The federal government pays the district for each free or reduced-price lunch taken, and the caterer receives a set fee from the district per lunch.

At Little Village, most students must take the meals served in the cafeteria or go hungry or both. During a recent visit to the school, dozens of students took the lunch but threw most of it in the garbage uneaten. Though CPS has improved the nutritional quality of its meals this year, it also has seen a drop-off in meal participation among students, many of whom say the food tastes bad.

Now, the kids will be forced to eat government prepared food.
Food they obviously do not like.
Blech.
Who can blame them.
It's crap.
Institutional food usually is.

Do you wonder what the teachers at these schools eat?
The teacher's lounge probably has a pot of coffee (aka: caffeine) going and a microwave for them to heat up the frozen chemical laden over processed crap they bring to school... and diet products with Nutrasweet (a known neurotoxin) and other additives. And have you taken a peek in the teacher's refrigerator? Bet you'll find diet soda. Where is the outcry for THEM to eat healthy?

The reality is that it is not about nutrition... no, not at all.
It is about teaching children at a very tender age to depend on government for food.
It is about teaching children that somehow the food from their own home is inferior to government provided food.
It is about teaching parents to further abrogate their roles as parents to provide sustenance for their own children.
It is about making sure that people become dependent on government so that when someone suggests that those "entitlements" be removed, say to shrink the size and expenditures of municipal government and school budgets, that there will be an outcry from those who have become accustomed to that dependency.
And it is also all about more money for the school's coffers.

In essence the children are literally being force fed government.
It's time we put an end to this idiocy.

Yet another reason to homeschool your children.

3 comments:

Monsoon Matriarch said...

When I lived in Texas years ago, there was a lot of corruption related to school lunch programs, kick-backs, etc. Now, whenever someone is this emphatic about school lunches, it makes me want to follow the money -- more kids eat lunches, more Union payola, possibly? Perhaps 'for their own good' is really for someone else's good...

Susan Ryan said...

Following the money in Chicago is always a good idea. What a racket. Making families purchase food they might not want.
This power push should alarm people.

Carletta said...

I was floored when I first heard about this! Simply unbelievable.

And the food we ate at school growing up was hardly nutritious...

When will parents wake up?