04.11.2011 0

Chicago School Bans Homemade Lunches; The Thugs Always Know What’s Best For You

Call it the kind face of fascism.

A Chicago public school is banning lunches that are brought from home. Why? Because the arrogant food-cop Principal at Little Village Academy thinks that kids and their parents can’t make “healthy” decisions on what food to consume:

Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.

“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.”

Carmona said she created the policy six years ago after watching students bring “bottles of soda and flaming hot chips” on field trips for their lunch. Although she would not name any other schools that employ such practices, she said it was fairly common.

A Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman said she could not say how many schools prohibit packed lunches and that decision is left to the judgment of the principals.

The food police always say they are acting in your best interest. But is their any other motivation for such coercive actions?

Further down in the story, a great fact emerges:

Any school that bans homemade lunches also puts more money in the pockets of the district’s food provider, Chartwells-Thompson. The federal government pays the district for each free or reduced-price lunch taken, and the caterer receives a set fee from the district per lunch.

At Little Village, most students must take the meals served in the cafeteria or go hungry or both. During a recent visit to the school, dozens of students took the lunch but threw most of it in the garbage uneaten. Though CPS has improved the nutritional quality of its meals this year, it also has seen a drop-off in meal participation among students, many of whom say the food tastes bad.

Someone has got to spend that Federal money that just keeps pouring in… It’s other people’s money anyways.

A patriot has emerged in this fight against the nanny-state that is headed by Principal Elsa Carmona–seventh-grader Fernando Dominguez is rising up against the meals that he is forced to consume:

Fernando Dominguez cut the figure of a young revolutionary leader during a recent lunch period at his elementary school.

“Who thinks the lunch is not good enough?” the seventh-grader shouted to his lunch mates in Spanish and English.

Dozens of hands flew in the air and fellow students shouted along: “We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch!”

Fernando waved his hand over the crowd and asked a visiting reporter: “Do you see the situation?”

Fernando, we see the situation, and we are standing with you to stop this nonsense.

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