Chicago area school bans lunches brought from home
At the Little Village Academy in Chicago, students are banned from bringing their lunch from home. Of course, there is an exception for those who have a medical excuse.
The school principal, Elsa Carmona, has stated that the intention of the ban is to help children eat better. “It’s about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception.” (LA Times)
The policy was enacted after watching students bring bottles of soda and chips on field trips.
Some believe that the ban is designed to drive more revenue to the companies that provide food for the school district. The federal government pays school districts for each free or subsidized lunch, and the catering company receives a fee from the district per lunch.
So obviously some concerned residents are appalled when they learn that a third party company is making money by providing healthy food to their children. Just because the school system is able to provide healthy free and reduced-cost food to students, it doesn’t mean that parents should not have the right to feed their kids chips and soda. It’s only bad if a parent cause their offspring to suffer an abrupt fatality, for example, by leaving a child in a locked car; but, it is OK if a parent would like to inflict gradual damage to the child’s health by a diet of sugar and salt. It is not important whether or not a child has access to nutritious food, as long as no private company makes any money by providing such sustenance to our kids.