No doubt you read about the preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford, N.C who had her lunch diverted because it did not comply with the USDA guidelines for pre-kindergarten programs and in-home day-care centers. The little girl's brown bag lunch included a turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips and apple juice. That's not exactly a nutritional train wreck from my point of view. So, the little girl was instead presented with a lunch of chicken nuggets from the cafeteria and mom got a bill for $1.25.
Sara Burrows from the Carolina Journal reported:
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.
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