This story is making the rounds online. A Canadian school has informed a mother of two young kids that the healthy homemade lunch she packed for her kids did not meet government standards. Therefore she was charged $10–and get this–her kids were given “Ritz crackers” by the government school.
Take a look at what the school had the nerve to tell this mother:
A mom who thought she was properly parenting by sending her two young kids to school with a homemade, whole-food lunch was shocked
to find a penalty note from school officials informing her that the lunch of roast beef, potatoes, carrots, oranges and milk she provided was “unbalanced” and therefore had to be supplemented with Ritz crackers.
She was also fined $10.
According to Weighty Matters, the Manitoba Government’s Early Learning and Child Care department blindly follows a policy which requires lunches to be “balanced” according to “Canada’s awful Food Guide.”
Unbalanced lunches are subject to supplementation and a fine of CDN$5 (US$4.80) per “missing item” per child.
In Kristen Bartkiw’s case, she “neglected” to include “grains” with Natalie and Logan’s packed lunches — a “dereliction” that was “corrected” through the “supplementation” of Ritz crackers…
Amazing how the government always believes it knows better than parents how to care for children. As a result, the continual growth of government, reaching further and further into every aspect of our lives, inevitably leads to absurdities like this one–where a loving mother’s right to feed her kids a healthy lunch is usurped by some school bureaucrat with a haughty air and a box of Ritz Crackers.
Meat, potatoes, milk, carrots, and an orange? NO! NO! NO! Here’s some greasy, government-approved, highly-processed food, loaded with salt and saturated fat.
And, by the way, that will cost you ten dollars. Thank you very much.
Parents, aren’t you glad the government knows so much more than you?
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