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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

School bans homemade lunch



lunch.jpgThe lunchroom food fight continues with this story out of a Chicago public school that made the decision to ban homemade lunches and require all students to buy their meals from the school cafeteria.

According to an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Principal Elsa Carmona instituted the policy about six years ago to discourage students from bringing in soda and other junk foods. "Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school," Carmona said. "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."

Many students have complained that the school lunches taste bad, and many more parents have balked at the $2.25 mandatory price tag.

While opening up the discussion about healthy choices and school lunch programs is admirable and certainly warranted, is this hardline policy really the right solution? It seems to open up a number of different problems that complicate the original intent. As a parent, I feel that my children’s dietary choices are my responsibility. I’ve also seen what passes for hot lunch at school and wonder if it’s any better than the brown bag.

Our schools are charged with a number of different roles as well as educating our children on a multitude of subjects including nutrition, but do we really want them to also take on the position of food police?

--Tracey Henry

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[Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 12:13pm]


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