Food fight: Uncle Sam’s grasp on your kids begins in the school

Food fight: Uncle Sam’s grasp on your kids begins in the school

Uncle Sam no longer wants YOU. He wants your kids. And he’s getting them… one lunch at a time.

In the latest food fight scandal, a Chicago school has banned homemade lunches. So long to the days of brown bags and lunch pails. If your kid attends Chicago’s Little Village Academy public school, bringing such items to school can result in the kind of punishment no child should have to suffer through: starvation.

Because at Little Village Academy, it’s cafeteria food or nothing.

The school’s principal said, “Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school. It’s about…the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke.”

I’ve never heard the words “cafeteria food” and “excellent quality” uttered in the same breath. But that’s besides the point.

This is where I draw the line. School lunches are more nutritious than homemade lunches? SAYS WHO? And based on what… the USDA’s absurd food pyramid? I certainly hope not. That geometric shape has been responsible for the downfall of the health of the entire nation.

One parent wrote, “I can accept if they want to ban soda, but to tell me I can’t send a lunch with my child. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???”

I wish this were a joke, but it’s not. And it’s only the beginning. And from what this one parent has just said, it’s clear that the brainwashing is already in full swing. Clue #1: She’s admitted she’s ok with the school banning soda.

Now, you know I’m the first person to rail against the dangers of this syrupy, sugar-laden carbonated liquid they have the nerve to call a drink. But it’s not up to the school system to approve of or ban any food or beverage. That’s the parents’ job. Always has been—but whether or not it always will be is yet to be determined.

Although this is the only school in the nation to ban brown bags outright, other similar restrictions have been seeping into the fabric of the public school for a few years now.

One Alabama school banned kids from bringing ANY drinks from home. Why? Because the school provides water during lunch. Water! Has no one been paying attention? Wake up and smell the fluoride- and chlorine-laden, prescription-drug-filled, rocket-fuel-filled fumes coming from the public water supply.

Not only is the water not good for you—it’s one of the worst things you can put in your body.

In New York, a school banned kids from bringing cupcakes or other desserts to share in their classrooms.

In Pennsylvania, there’s a debate over whether or not teachers should have a limit to the amount of treats they can share with their students.

In Arizona, kids can bring lunches… but only if they don’t contain anything processed, or that contains white flour or refined sugar.

Other schools ban fast food.

Maybe you can answer this question for me: Why are schools expected to provide lunches to begin with? At what point did the education system become responsible for feeding your children? And at what point did parents relinquish their authority to determine what and how their children ate?

To say these restrictions are “overreaching” is an understatement. It’s time to reclaim the familial and parental responsibility that’s the foundation of our society.

I have no issues with school systems attempting to provide healthier school lunches (no matter how misplaced their attempts may be). But when schools begin banning homemade lunches from school property—treating them like weapons or drugs or pornography—I have to draw the line.

This is FOOD we’re talking about. And to suggest that Uncle Sam knows better than M-O-M is not only absurd, it’s dangerous, unhealthy, intrusive, and unacceptable.