A mother in Hoke County, North Carolina, is furious that state inspectors determined that her daughter’s lunch was not healthy enough and made her take a school lunch. In fact he made the whole class do it.
The mother, who doesn’t wish to be identified , made her child a pretty normal sounding lunch which contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips. the State inspector said it was missing a vegetable and made her take a full tray of food from the cafeteria to supplement. The mother said her daughter was so intimidated by the inspector that she didn’t eat the school lunch or the sack lunch so she didn’t get her vegetable anyway. Like most four year olds she said her daughter doesn’t like vegetables.
She said to the Civitas Institute in an interview,
“I can’t put vegetables in her lunchbox. I’m not a millionaire and I’m not going to put something in there that my daughter doesn’t eat and I’ve done gone round and round with the teacher about that and I’ve told her that. I put fruit in there every day because she is a fruit eater. Vegetables, let me take care of my business at home and at night and that’s when I see she’s eating vegetables. I either have to smash it or tell her if you don’t eat your vegetables you’re going to go to bed. It’s just a headache to keep arguing and fighting. I’ve even wrote a note to her teachers and said do not give my daughter anything else unless it comes out of her lunchbox and they are still going against me and putting a milk in front of her every day.
The mother said she has brought this up with the Principal and the school superintendent. She is tired of the school circumventing her rights as a parent. She also fears that even though they haven’t charged her for the school lunches they are making her daughter take, she knows that won’t last forever.
Do you think the school should be investigating lunches for nutritional content?