School Bans Homemade Lunches

By Mark T. Mitchell for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC

Little Village Academy, a public school in Chicago, has banned sack lunches. Unless they can produce a medical excuse, all students are required to purchase lunch in the school’s cafeteria or go hungry. Of course, as the principle explains, it’s for the good of the children.

“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.”

The message seems clear: parents will invariably stuff their kids with junk unless the benevolent hand of the state (gently) encourages better decisions. It’s a comfort that the principal believes the cafeteria food is of “excellent quality.” Mmm. Cafeteria food.

Even some parents are supportive.

Parent Miguel Medina said he thinks the “no home lunch policy” is a good one. “The school food is very healthy,” he said, “and when they bring the food from home, there is no control over the food.”

Parents are inadequate. Control is needed. Shut up and eat.

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