Preschooler's Homemade Lunch Taken Away Because It Wasn't Healthy Enough

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Preschooler's Homemade Lunch Taken Away Because It Wasn't Healthy Enough
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Wed, 02-15-2012 - 11:40am
Preschooler's Homemade Lunch Taken Away Because It Wasn't Healthy Enough

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Registered: 11-10-2006
No.... It's nuts!!!!

 


 


 


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Registered: 08-16-2005
They decided three chicken nuggets were better than a whole wheat ham/cheese, banana, chips and apple juice. Hope they also cut all chips, junk food, processed food, etc from being covered by food stamps. I would be livid! I send my child a cookie, along with the salad he loves, apples, peanut butter, whatever, all organic, whole wheat, etc.


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Registered: 03-03-2009

It's over the top, certainly.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 11-18-2008

I have so many mixed feelings about this story - which is probably why I'm a horrible debater! :smileyvery-happy:

I don't really think the lunch was that bad. I wouldn't personally send chips to school with my child, but we rarely have them at home either...maybe three times a year. I also send water in their lunches and encourage them to eat fruit instead of drinking juice that can be so high in sugar. But we also don't know what exactly she sent - it could have been baked, organic chips and natural juice. The fact is that she had a pretty well-balanced lunch and I'm shocked that the school decided to take that action.

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Registered: 11-18-2008
jabberwocka wrote:

It's over the top, certainly.

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Registered: 11-10-2006
Either way... My sons pediatric doctor has been on my case for two years about my son being overweight. If I put peas in front of him he will eat them all. But if you put chicken nuggets beside them he will eat those nuggets. I would not appreciate the school letting him pass up those peas (or a turkey sandwich) for nuggets. Or worse ( in my sons case).... Eating ALL of it. Maybe their guidelines need to be re-evaluated. If the child's lunch was only missing a veggie.. Then offer her the veggie. Not the stupid nuggets. Or maybe they need to be more realistic in regards to the standards they have set for parents who pack their child's lunch. There was no need for the school to step in here.

 


 


 


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Registered: 08-16-2005
This is the link I had posted on my Facebook wall (the one you posted) and the responses were still of outrage.


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Registered: 08-16-2005
The key here is she ate three fried chicken nuggets versus whole wheat sandwich, cheese, apple juice and chips. The schools count french fries as a vegetable, so what is the difference with a chip?
I don't give my kids juice, they eat 90% organic, free range, and local diets. My lunches may have a cookie, but does the school know it was made with zucchini, homemade applesauce as the fat and whole wheat flour?

My children will not be eating the lunches that some USDA now deems healthy. I have seen enough of my son's friends eat that garbage and wonder how anyone could allow that for their children.


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Registered: 08-16-2005
Agree with you completely. I hide veggies in my youngests food, but my oldest would live on veggies! Mine are both in the low range so if I add calories they need them.


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Registered: 11-10-2006
There was a time when my son would eat a bowl of peas and not even look at the chicken on the plate. But he is a lot like me... If its breaded, fried... Better!! But I can't give him fattening foods in order to make sure he eats protein and iron. When a parent puts thought and reason into their child's nutrition... Let them. It's not the same as neglect which is the reason parents wanted better school lunch options in the first place. We are supposed to be protecting children from parents who neglect them, not the parents who have already thought this through and are doing what they think is best for their child. I don't want my rights as a parent taken away as a result of other parents who make the mistakes.

 


 


 


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