Is this isolated or does it happen in other places too? A Chicago public elementary school forbids students from bringing their own lunches to school in and effort to control what they eat.
First, the government is stealing money from taxpayers to redistribute the funds through school breakfasts and lunches for low-income families. (Keep in mind that a lot of this funding is federal dollars, which to me is completely incomprehensible.) Now we learn some kids are forbidden from bringing their own lunch to school?
From the Chicago Tribune.
[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.
Gotta protect the kids. Government officials make better choices for your kids don’t you know? Carmona indicated she instituted the policy six years ago.
Even though the article states kids have been forced to eat the lunches provided by the government for six years, there is no information provided about the health and wellness of the kids. Where are the results from the past six years? How is the obesity rate? How about the diabetes rate?
Follow the money. More kids eating lunch equals more federal cash.
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.
Some parents have been so brainwashed by the liberal establishment in Chicago and around the country, they seem very comfortable with the word control.
[P]arent Miguel Medina said he thinks the “no home lunch policy” is a good one. “The school food is very healthy,” he said, “and when they bring the food from home, there is no control over the food.”
Got to have control … since parents cannot or do not want to make decisions for themselves or actually teach their children to make responsible choices.
These policies – even if they worked to improve the health and wellness of kids – breeds pure dependency on the government for both the kids and the parents. In my opinion, this is exactly what the socialist/liberal/statists want and they are not being shy about it.
Since the principal of the school is not mentioning the results of the program, I’m betting it’s failed. But remember, it’s the “good” intentions of the government – not the results – that count.