School Lunch Brings Controversy

Despite the fact that it is a practice that’s been going on for the last 6 years, there was an uproar in mid-April when a news story broke about a public Chicago school that requires students to buy their lunches in the cafeteria.

The principal claims the rule is to keep students from making unhealthy choices and parents from packing unhealthy lunches. Unless there are health restrictions, parents must send $2.25 for their children to buy the school lunch.

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I have to assume that these school lunches must be better than what they were serving when I was in elementary school: your general rotation of square pizzas, chicken patties, and tasteless hamburgers.

Is keeping the students "safe" from sugary sodas and bags of chips reason enough to mandate a parent can’t send food from home? People have such a wide range of what they consider healthy.

It’s still the same controversy that’s been spinning for years: should the government be able to outlaw trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, genetically modified organisms? Or should people be responsible for their own nutrition?

Where do you stand on this? We’d love to hear your (respectful) thoughts in the comments.

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  1. Stacey Kuhner says:

    I don’t agree with this idea of forcing my child to eat the school lunch at all. I should be able to pack my child a lunch that I find healthy, affordable, and to my liking without the school board forcing anything upon me. If this is public school and I don’t have to pay for my child to attend then I shouldn’t be forced to pay for them to eat. I appreciate their desire to make sure that all children are eating nutricious meals but last I checked I am still the parent and able to make these decisions myself. If they want to force it they better be ready to offer that forced meal for free to everychild, as well.

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