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Chicago Public School Bans Homemade Lunches

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BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN
ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO

Bye-bye brown bag. A public school in Chicago is banning homemade lunches.

WFLD: "Little Village Academy does not allow students to bring a lunch from home. The principal Elsa Carmona says she created the policy six years ago to protect kids from unhealthy food choices. She says it's better for them to eat a nutritional school lunch."

MSNBC: "The principal Elsa Carmona says the lunch room serves quality food with great nutrition but exceptions are made for children with allergies or other medical issues. The principal says she created the policy six years ago after watching students bring bottles of soda and flaming hot chips on their field trips for their lunch."

And to that - some angry parents are saying - they know how to feed their kids better than the school can. A Chicago Now blogger offers a scathing response.

"It's getting more difficult to predict the target list for small time administrators newly empowered to ensure the well-being of their brood by interfering in private decision making. ... Anyone who's ever met a kid knows that kids are weird. It's a full time job ... to figure out how to ensure a child gets necessary nutrition while skirting a number of irrational food phobias."

The ban doesn't affect ALL Chicago Public Schools. The district allows individual principals to decide what works at each school.

Still - Fox News reporters smell a local government conspiracy.

"The food police are using a new tactic in the war on obesity. ... The lunches are $2.25 which a lot of parents say it's lining the school district's pockets and we can make lunch a lot cheaper, a PB&J and an apple and some pretzels is about a buck."

The Chicago Tribune visited Little Village Academy and found many of the kids were throwing away their uneaten cafeteria lunches saying they "taste bad." So a blogger for Babble says why starve them?

"How is a kid with an empty stomach going to perform socially and academically after lunch? ... I admire that this school is actually doing something concrete to ensure their students eat healthy lunches. But ... to require families to spend a set amount of money to feed their children what the school says is healthy seems a little draconian."



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  • Mediatormatthew#

    Mediatormatthew April 12, 2011 8:51:11 PM CEST

    I have posted two videos for people who want more information and analysis about this topic, because it really does infuriate me as a supporter of parents%u2019 rights, kids%u2019 rights, and the development of autonomous families.http://bit.ly/h8oV0z andhttp://bit.ly/g3rT9ZPlease view them; I hope you will agree with my logic.It%u2019s very unfortunate that a few parents%u2019 bad food choices have led Ms. Carmona to conclude that she may summon the righteousness to substitute her judgment for that of the parents. My mother could have packed a far healthier lunch than any served at the school. Furthermore, Ms. Carmona%u2019s generalizations are mind-blowing. She sweepingly states that it is better nutritionally for the kids to eat at school. I guarantee you that 9 times out of 10, my mom%u2019s lunches would have been healthier, and the other time they would have been just as healthy and certainly not less. She implies that if the kids didn%u2019t drink milk from the cafeteria, they would be bringing Coke as a general rule. I highly doubt it. Even if so, how about banning soft drinks or any kind of drink that isn%u2019t 100% milk or juice. Ban potato chips while you%u2019re at it %u2014 I don%u2019t care. But it is simply ridiculous to suggest that all food packed by all parents for all kids on all days is somehow always substandard to what the school prepares every day with no exceptions to that rule.

  • Minihaha#

    Minihaha April 12, 2011 5:46:29 PM CEST

    They should give the kids fruit smooties with hemp seed. It's delicious and highly nutritious. Hemp seed is free of egg, nuts, dairy soy, gluten, herbicides, pesticides and preservatives. Hemp seed hearts are high in protein and fat which the brain needs to function, if you don't get enough protein and fat you will be hungry about every two hours. I just saw that they deregulated hemp in minnesota YEAH!

  • Minihaha#

    Minihaha April 12, 2011 5:46:03 PM CEST

    They should give the kids fruit smooties with hemp seed. It's delicious and highly nutritious. Hemp seed is free of egg, nuts, dairy soy, gluten, herbicides, pesticides and preservatives. Hemp seed hearts are high in protein and fat which the brain needs to function, if you don't get enough protein and fat you will be hungry about every two hours. I just saw that they deregulated hemp in minnesota YEAH!

  • Minihaha#

    Minihaha April 12, 2011 5:45:40 PM CEST

    They should give the kids fruit smooties with hemp seed. It's delicious and highly nutritious. Hemp seed is free of egg, nuts, dairy soy, gluten, herbicides, pesticides and preservatives. Hemp seed hearts are high in protein and fat which the brain needs to function, if you don't get enough protein and fat you will be hungry about every two hours. I just saw that they deregulated hemp in minnesota YEAH!



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