Parents…do you remember growing up and having cupcakes or brownies or cookies or cake or some other form of snack at school for a party or special event? Do you remember Halloween or Christmas or Easter snacks?
Well…is that no more?
We recently attended a school board meeting where a presentation was made by a “committee” that is studying whether to allow snacks or treats at school. It seems that the USDA in conjunction with the US Dept of Education has been slowly implementing rules to restrict treats. This came into play in the Obama administration and seems to have been in conjunction with Michelle Obama’s push to get rid of any type of food or snack deemed unhealthy.
This “committee” is tasked with recommending to the school district whether to implement and enforce controls or just make suggestions. This has been going on across America. Indeed, there are multiple examples and stories about parents that have been “shamed” for sending some sort of treat or dessert to school with their child. Here are a few examples:
- This Mom was “shamed” for having the audacity to send raisins to school with her child: http://www.today.com/parents/school-scolds-mom-packing-raisins-her-child-s-lunch-box-t112164
- Some teachers/districts are taking lunches away they deem “unhealthy”: https://www.popsugar.com/moms/Teachers-Taking-Away-School-Lunches-Arent-Healthy-42499265
- This isn’t just happening in the U.S. Here’s a story from Australia: http://eagnews.org/school-lunchbox-police-confiscate-unhealthy-foods-send-home-lecturing-notes-to-parents/
The USDA provides “guidelines” and “suggestions” for parents to follow regarding lunch and snacks: https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/faqs
Some teachers are telling parents and kids what they should eat because…the parents really don’t understand nutrition and need to be educated: http://news.nationalpost.com/life/food-drink/why-teachers-are-telling-parents-what-to-feed-their-children-even-when-it-isnt-their-responsibility
We’ve commented, in other of our blog posts, that the government and “do gooders” in schools continue to try to take over responsibility of raising children. Some of these “do gooders” believe that parents are ignorant, uneducated or simply incapable of raising children and making decisions,
Have you checked with your school or district to see what their policies are? If so please share them with us. Do you think schools should tell you what to feed your children or stop children from having snacks or treats?