View Full Version : girl made to eat chicken nuggets because her lunch from home didn't meet standards

02-14-2012, 04:47 PM

A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious. The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.

The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs — including in-home day care centers — to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.

When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones. The girl’s mother — who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation — said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a “healthy lunch” would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25.

“I don’t feel that I should pay for a cafeteria lunch when I provide lunch for her from home,” the mother wrote in a complaint to her state representative. “What got me so mad is, number one, don’t tell my kid I’m not packing her lunch box properly,” the girl’s mother told

When the girl came home with her lunch untouched, her mother wanted to know what she ate instead. Three chicken nuggets, the girl answered.

While the mother and grandmother thought the potato chips and lack of vegetable were what disqualified the lunch, a spokeswoman for the Division of Child Development said that should not have been a problem.

“With a turkey sandwich, that covers your protein, your grain, and if it had cheese on it, that’s the dairy,” said Jani Kozlowski, the fiscal and statutory policy manager for the division. “It sounds like the lunch itself would’ve met all of the standard.”

Double R
02-14-2012, 04:58 PM
Sounds like the high school drop out "checking" the lunches sucks at her job.

That's fucking rediculous that someone can't bring what they want for lunch to school.

Holy hell

02-14-2012, 05:59 PM
is this a joke?

02-14-2012, 09:10 PM
Atlanta is a strange place

02-14-2012, 09:58 PM
This makes me rage. Just reminds me of how retarded public schools are getting.

In Toronto, elementary schools cannot give the student homework unless the student asks for it now. Recess is now called "nutrition break". Teachers cannot fail students anymore.


02-14-2012, 10:40 PM
no homework, oh sure, now they do it.

02-14-2012, 11:37 PM
The USDA is an absolute fucking joke. Dairy required? are you fucking kidding me?

02-14-2012, 11:42 PM


Das Kapitalist
02-15-2012, 07:31 AM
But how will the poor get edumacated without them!

02-15-2012, 09:32 AM
I am not looking forward to when my kids start school.

Das Kapitalist
02-15-2012, 12:04 PM
I am not looking forward to when my kids start school.
Private school, homeschool, or unschool. There are options.

I'd never ever send any kids I have to public school.

02-15-2012, 12:32 PM
I'd never ever send any kids I have to public school.


02-15-2012, 12:36 PM
TSA USDA all ok in the usa!

02-15-2012, 04:56 PM
Dairy required? are you fucking kidding me?
That pisses me off.. and also they will allow kids to drink chocolate milk 2 times a day every day. :what:
The food they feed our kids is bullshit. i need to make lunches everyday, at least they can eat whatever they bring from home.