Editorial: Would your packed lunches be approved?

Nov. 21, 2013 @ 11:14 PM

With the growing distrust in the national government, a story reported from Canada this week has gotten legs in the U.S. media. Though the event actually occurred last year, it’s really taken off of late.

Apparently a parent in Manitoba was fined $10 last December when she failed to pack what officials deemed necessary for her children’s daycare lunches.

A note sent home to the mother indicated she’d failed to comply with the Canadian Food Guide of April 2012,by not providing a “balanced meal.”

Apparently the rules were put in place by the Manitoba Government’s Early Learning and Child Care regulations.

The note indicated the mother had provided meat, potatoes, carrots and orange and milk.

What she’d forgotten? Grain.

So the school fined her $5 per child to provide them with, get this, Ritz ckrackers.

Sheesh. If all parents provided meat, potatoes, carrots, oranges and milk to their children for lunch, there’d likely be a lot less problems with both obesity and hungry kids.

While such a scenario may seem unlikely in U.S. schools, it’s not that much of a stretch.

Just a year ago there was a huge outcry when the government tightened regulations on school lunch programs across the county. 

Who’s to say packed lunches from home might not meet similar restrictions in the future? Especially when, more than ever, the federal government appears to be putting such an emphasis on public health and our waistlines.

Most parents, one can assume, would be furious if decisions of their children’s diet were taken from them.

Hopefully it’s a bridge we here in the U.S. won’t have to cross.