If you are a caring parent, chances are that you don't think that ketchup is a vegetable nor a Ritz cracker a grain! But the Manitoba Government's Early Learning and Child Care lunch regulations do not use common sense, nor are they written by caring people.
An old poem from when I was in school decades ago lays out the unhealthiness of school lunches pretty well:
Don't Eat School Lunches, just throw them aside.
Lots of kids didn't lots of kids died.
The meat's made of iron, the fries are of steel.
If they don't kill you, the pudding will.
Unfortunately it's getting much worse in this day and age.
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Apparently if a child's lunch is deemed "unbalanced", where "balance" refers to ensuring that a lunch conforms to the proportions of food groups as laid out by Canada's awful Food Guide, then that child's lunch is "supplemented", and their parent is fined.
Blog reader Kristen Bartkiw received just such a fine.
She sent her children to daycare with with lunches containing leftover homemade roast beef and potatoes, carrots, an orange and some milk.
She did not send along any "grains".
As a consequence the school provided her children with, I kid you not, supplemental Ritz Crackers, and her with a $10 fine.
What kind of utter stupidity would it take to create a policy like this one? Since when is it okay to think that you can tell parents what they can and can't feed their children, and then implement a fine for them not complying?
As we have illustrated previously, this is not an isolated incident. Society seems to be transitioning into some type of Brave New World scenario in which the state plays the role of mother and father.
This type of government action must be resisted and called out for the idiocy that it is. If you or someone you know has been subject to ridiculous school notes telling you what you can and cannot feed your kid, we'd love to hear about it. Send us an email at [email protected]