Chicago Public School Bans Homemade Lunches

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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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