The Nanny State Runs Amok

Having trouble swallowing my posts about these totalitarian statists? Don’t believe it has gone that far?

How about a USDA worker inspecting a child’s homemade lunch and deciding that it “did not have enough nutritional value” and forcing the child to eat a government sponsored lunch instead? Is that going far enough for you – or is it too far?

Via MyFox8.com in Greensboro, North Carolina:

NC preschooler’s “unhealthy” lunch replaced with cafeteria nuggets

RAEFORD, N.C. — A Hoke County preschooler was fed chicken nuggets for lunch because a state worker felt that her homemade lunch did not have enough nutritional value, according to a report by the Carolina Journal.

The West Hoke Elementary School student was in her More at Four classroom when a U.S. Department of Agriculture agent who was inspecting lunch boxes decided that her packed lunch — which consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips — “did not meet USDA guidelines,” the Journal reports.

The decision was made under consideration of a regulation put in place by the the Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services, which requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs to meet USDA guidelines.

“When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones,” the Journal reports.

The student’s mother told the Journal she received a note from the school about the incident and was charged $1.25 for the cafeteria tray, from which her daughter only ate three chicken nuggets.

The note explained how students who did not bring “healthy lunches” would be offered the missing portions and that parents could be charged for the cost of the cafeteria food, the Journal reports.

The mother, who was not identified in the report, expressed concern about school officials telling her daughter that she wasn’t “packing her lunch box properly.”

h/t to Drudge.

5 thoughts on “The Nanny State Runs Amok

  1. Regulations, regulations, regulations…. (sigh), when the government interfers with individual liberty, this is the result.

    See chart on page 5 of the source: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/resources/NAP1.pdf

    Note the disclaimer on page 4 which states “Because of the averaging process, the broader the range of each age/grade group used, the more likely the menus will not meet the needs of the older children and may provide too many calories for the younger children.”

    • C’mon, A. Don’t you want every child to emulate our First Lady and get as fit as she?

      P.S. – By the by, you wanna explain the cover of that Valentine’s card you sent me? A subliminal message, perhaps? Fat Cupid telling me, “No chocolates for you, my love!”

      Well, at least the inside of the card was nice………

  2. Look send the kids to school with nothing by Peanut M&Ms and Mountain Dews. That way they can be ready for the onslaught of socialist dribble being spewed at them by the unionized robots. Oh an to make Bells V-Day they should be issued a 9mm or better yet an old fashioned 1911 .45 Colt. by the time they’re in 6 grade. What better way to teach the 2nd amendment of our Constitution. Oh what a polite and alert school that would be.

  3. I would march right up to that school and tell ’em to stick it up their ass. We’ve had run ins with our local school before and they quake when they see us coming. 😉

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