Several news outlets (see Related Articles) are reporting this news from Canada. The article here comes from weightymatters.ca
It’s quite possible that the single stupidest school lunch policy on the planet comes courtesy of a strange interpretation of the Manitoba Government’s Early Learning and Child Care lunch regulations.
Apparently if a child’s lunch is deemed “unbalanced“, where “balance” refers to ensuring that a lunch conforms to the proportions of food groups as laid out by Canada’s awful Food Guide, then that child’s lunch is “supplemented“, and their parent is fined.
Blog reader Kristen Bartkiw received just such a fine.
She sent her children to daycare with with lunches containing leftover homemade roast beef and potatoes, carrots, an orange and some milk.
She did not send along any “grains”.
As a consequence the school provided her children with, I kid you not, supplemental Ritz Crackers, and her with a $10 fine.
As Kristen writes, had she sent along lunches consisting of, “microwave Kraft Dinner and a hot dog, a package of fruit twists, a Cheestring, and a juice box” those lunches would have sailed right through this idiocy. But her whole food, homemade lunches? They lacked Ritz Crackers.
So what say you? Have you come across a more inane school lunch policy? Because I sure haven’t.
[Kristen also updated me that consequent to parents failing to pack “balanced” lunches they’ve moved to a hot lunch program that she describes as great. So perhaps some good came out of Manitoba’s idiocy after all]
- Parents Fined For Not Sending Ritz Crackers In Kids’ Lunches (weightymatters.ca)
- Mom Gives Kids Homemade Lunch, School Forces Them to Eat Ritz Crackers (gawker.com)
- Mother fined $10 for not including Ritz crackers in kids’ school lunch (boingboing.net)
- This home-made lunch didn’t qualify for ridiculous “balance” standards, child given Ritz crackers instead (rare.us)
- Manitoba mom fined $10 for not sending Ritz crackers to school with kids’ lunches (metronews.ca)
- Mom charged $10 for lacking Ritz crackers in daycare lunch (globalnews.ca)