Sometimes you just can’t make this up…a child in a North Carolina pre-school had her home-packed lunch taken away and replaced with a government approved lunch that contained the government approved level of nutrition. The lunch-which consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips-“did not meet USDA guidelines.” The replacement lunch included chicken nuggets, a bastion of nutritional value whose own nutritional bona fides have been recently called into question.
Now, be it far from me to denigrate the fine USDA-approved lunches I had growing up, which usually consisted of some sort of goulash, reconstituted freeze-dried string beans, and a carton of tepid milk. (The same carton that ended up concealing the vegetables we had stashed away) I’m more concerned that folks will be missing the finer point here, that kids will eat what kids will eat, that short of coercive force they’re not going to eat what they don’t like.
On second thought, scratch that, I didn’t even mention the words “coercive force”. I wouldn’t want to give any government agent busy patrolling the country for pre-school lunch violations any more ideas. I mean, aren’t they busy enough thinking of items in the Affordable Healthcare Act to make us all do? Maybe this will be the final pathway. All doctors, Catholic Hospitals and 4 year-olds will be made to eat their veggies. I just hope it isn’t brussel sprouts…or lima beans.