Here is the synopsis from the full Fox News article:
A 4 year old girl was told that her packed lunch did not meet USDA requirements. Here is what was packed for her.
- Turkey Sandwich
- Potato Chips
- Apple Juice
Here are the USDA guidelines for an “approved” lunch
- one serving of meat
- one serving of grains
- two servings of fruits or vegetables
“What got me so mad is, number one, don’t tell my kid I’m not packing her lunchbox properly. I pack her lunchbox according to what she eats. You’re telling a 4-year-old ‘Oh, your lunch isn’t right’, and she’s thinking there’s something wrong with her food.” – The Mother in a newspaper.
The school sent the girl home with a $1.25 to pay for a replacement lunch that all she ate were 3 chicken McNuggets. She satisfied all of those requirements in her packed lunch, she has meat, two fruits and grain in her bread. What is wrong?
But this is a ridiculous story on so many levels. First, I do not want the school dictating to me what my child can or cannot eat. If I am packing the lunch, I have personal responsibility as that child’s parent to provide the best meal for my child. What if I have religious objections to eating meat? What if my child does not like fruits or vegetables? What if I missed a day of grocery shopping and couldn’t get a specific item. Come on!
We have no choice as to where our children can go to school. It is dictated to us by where we live. And to have the lunch police inspecting our lunches is ridiculous.
This mother did the right thing by contacting the media and her representative. The school has since apologized. But the school should never be given authority like this.