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More School-Lunch Controversy

April 12, 2011

Even though this is a years-old policy, just yesterday the Chicago-Tribune published an article on the Chicago Public Schools’ ban on homemade lunches. Yes, you read that right, it means that unless you have an allergy issue, you cannot bring a lunch from home, you must buy the school-provided lunch.

This also comes as Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution starts its second season of Food Revolution, in which he will tackle the Los Angeles Public School system’s food offerings.

Ultimately, it is the parents’ responsibility to feed and nourish their children. We can and should demand that our tax-funded public schools provide a meal that’s not grade D. But as parents, we also owe it to our children to provide them with a healthy meal from home. That does not mean grab a Lunchables and a Hi-C fruit punch and call it a day. I know first hand how well-meaning parents can feed their child a diet of pure crap and not think anything of it – my stepdaughter lived off of fast food and fried carbs for the first 10 years of her life, before she came to live with us and had to start eating “weird” balanced meals.

So what’s on your mind about this ban? How do you feel about the state of our children’s school lunches?

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  1. Jessica permalink
    April 12, 2011 2:49 pm

    I did my thesis on this topic. I encourage all parents to check out the following website:

    http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/healthierus/index.html

    The USDA has an optional lunch program that schools can become certified. The program is much more rigorous in terms of what children are fed at school. Consider lobbying your school district to adopt these healthier guidelines if they don’t already.

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