Chicago School Bans Homemade Lunch, School Lunch For All

A Chicago public school is banning homemade lunches according to the Chicago Tribune.Homemade lunches need to stay at home. School lunch is going to be mandatory at Chicago’s Little Village Academy public k-8 school.  The reasoning behind the movement is that with the new lunch program the school is guaranteed to provide healthy meals without running the risk of children bringing sugary treats and salty chips from home.  The complete overhaul was brought about by many schools across the nation being put under heat for not providing healthy lunches for their students.

Some parents are not happy with the change, however. Does Uncle Sam belong in your lunch box? The debate is still open as to whether or not an all-over ban on homemade lunches would work or not; when it comes down to it, you can lead a child to a path of good health, but you can’t make him walk it.

The link between child obesitiy and school lunches is not unfamiliar territory, various studies proved that childhood obesity causes severe risks of early onset of type 2 diabetes, shorter life spans, and cardiovascular problems.With seventeen percent of American children overweight, advocates for reforming the school lunch program believe time is of the essence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we’re on the path to seeing diabetes in 30 to 40 percent of today’s children if trends continue.

Of further note in 2010, Pepsi made a dramatic call to remove the “full-sweetened” sugary drinks from schools and Coca-Cola offered to not sell to primary school children.  Along with Michelle Obama’s further push to have healthier options in the school, a complete overhaul is fast approaching.

 

 

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  • Are you kidding me? School administrators are now going to make the determination that what they have to feed the children MUST be better than what a parent decides they want to feed their own child??? This is unbelievable! Of course it is Chicago, and from what I can see, people in Chicago don’t make very good decisions, so maybe they are better off with government telling them what to do.

  • Are you kidding me? School administrators are now going to make the determination that what they have to feed the children MUST be better than what a parent decides they want to feed their own child??? This is unbelievable! Of course it is Chicago, and from what I can see, people in Chicago don’t make very good decisions, so maybe they are better off with government telling them what to do.

  • this is ridiculous some of the school luch is worth & who are they to tell you what you can eat & not eat. if they don’t want the kids bringing luch let them pay for it. I send lunch everyday & i send a heathy lunch but it up to me not the school to give my child what i think he will eat. some kids may not eat during school hours because they don’t like the food the school is serving. Not everyone can afford school lunch in order for you to qualify for free lunch you have to be poor on food stamps some of us don’t make a lot of money & still don’t qualify for free or reduce lunch & with the economy as bad as it is we already have to make a choice on wether to buy milk or put gas in your car. this school is looking for a big law suite.

  • this is ridiculous! if you want my child to eat school lunch then the school should have to pay for it. some of the school lunch is worse then what the parents send. I send lunch everyday & i pack a healthy lunch but its up to me not the school to give my child what i think he will eat. with the economy as bad as it sometimes you have to make a choice should i buy a gallon of milk or should i put gas in my car. some of us don’t qualify for free or reduce lunch because you have to be dirt poor in order to get this. So i hope someone contacts there lawyer & put a big law suite on the school so they can use that money to buy the school luch. Don’t tell me & my family what to eat we only weigh 100, 120 & 130 who do you think you are.

  • This is COMPLETLY ridiculous!!!! It’s not the fault of the food as much as it is that today’s kids DO NOT get enough exercise. Everything is electronic this or that. Gym class should be a structured exercise class and should last all year long. Not Dodge Ball, not Kick Ball, but a structured exercise class that teaches the children the how to and the why it’s important to exercise. America needs to invest more in putting safe bike paths along our roads. More people would bike to work if this was available. The best way to teach our kids, is by being an example. How many adults out there are taking responsibilty for what they put into their mouths or whether they decide when or how to exercise?! It’s all important. Kids should be burning the carbs they are eating and it’s not happening. Taking homemade lunches away will not solve the problem or even make a dent in the problem.

  • Susan in nc elementry schools children only get gym once a week because of budget cuts & in middle school they only go for half a year not year round.

  • @ didyseven: A child’s health and well being should not be left to the government school system. The point susan was making is that kids today spend too much time on their bums with one kind of electronic stimulus or another, and not enough time exerting any physical activity. If the only exercise they get is from gym class at school, then shame on the parents for not making sure they get it elsewhere. Taking the kids to the park used to be something we did in America.

  • @ didyseven: A child’s health and well being should not be left to the government school system. The point susan was making is that kids today spend too much time on their bums with one kind of electronic stimulus or another, and not enough time exerting any physical activity. If the only exercise they get is from gym class at school, then shame on the parents for not making sure they get it elsewhere. Taking the kids to the park used to be something we did in America.

  • A child’s health and well being should not be left to the government school system. Susanhouse is right, kids today spend too much time on their bums with one kind of electronic stimulus or another, and not enough time exerting any physical activity. If the only exercise they get is from gym class at school, then shame on the parents for not making sure they get it elsewhere. Taking the kids to the park used to be something we did in America.

  • might as well tell the mom what the kids eat for dinner. I understand people need to make better choices on what they can do in life. But whose job is it to raise your kid, is it the parents job or is it the schools? if the argument is that this is to benifit students health then it should be the parents job to decide what the kid eats, not the schools. its no buisness of the school to decide what your kids eat. Thats what happens when government gets too big, it gets control over your life.

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