“Parents are useless. The state is God.” That, says NaturalNews.com editor Mike Adams, was the message conveyed when a North Carolina state agent told a preschooler the lunch her mother had packed for her was insufficiently nutritious and made her eat chicken nuggets instead. In fact, according to Carolina Journal, the agent found the lunch of every single child in the class wanting and forced them all to consume school cafeteria food — which must have had the kids wondering what they had done to deserve such cruel and unusual punishment.
“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,” writes the Journal’s Sara Burrows. “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.”
Dutifully inspecting the midday meal of every child in the More at Four class at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford, North Carolina, on January 30, a state employee came across the girl in question. Her lunch, consisting of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, potato chips, and apple juice, was deemed substandard and was replaced by a tray full of cafeteria food, including the chicken nuggets. She ended up eating only the nuggets, wasting the rest of the food on the tray, and taking the lunch her mom had packed back home. And then the school charged her mother $1.25 for the food they’d forced on her daughter.
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