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 person who was inspecting all lunch boxes in the 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. ....(see link above for more)
Yes, we have inspectors now checking lunches in all schools....and demanding children pay for any of the food group they deem missing. Don't you think it would be better if the States took the money they're paying inspectors and gave food to children in mostly inner cities which don't even get food?
I think so. I remember our school cafeteria offered a bowl of mashed potatoes with a glob of dark brown gravy in the middle of it and I used to buy that and love it. Isn't it amazing I lived to tell it? :-)