As a parent of three children I can still remember the days when my wife and I packed lunches for the kids to take to school.  Lucky for us our children are now grown and that we don’t live in Chicago where one public school has decided to ban lunches from home in the name of good nutrition.

According to the Chicago Tribune administrators at the Little Village Academy no longer allow children to bring lunches from home unless they have a medical excuse such as a food allergy etc…

Principal Elsa  Carmona told the Tribune that her intention is protect the students from their own unhealthful food choices.

“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.”

Carmona said she created the policy six years ago after watching students bring “bottles of soda and flaming hot chips” on field trips for their lunch. Although she would not name any other schools that employ such practices, she said it was fairly common.

Excellent food choices in a school cafeteria?  Did they suddenly hire a 5 Star Chef to run the kitchen?

I realize that much has changed since the time when I was a child and was subjected to endless trays of salisbury steak, meatloaf, hamburgers and hot dogs that barely passed as edible but for 30 cents or so was certainly cheap enough but for Carmona to call the food excellent has got to be a stretch.

As an good cook knows it is very difficult to serve quality food for an army of children no matter how they try.  Think of hotel banquet food.

And where does Carmona get off on deciding what is unhealthy?  What does she eat for lunch?  I doubt that she eats the cafeteria food every day.

If she is so concerned about unhealthy eating choices then she should ban the staff from bringing their lunches from home as well.  If the cafeteria food is good enough for her students then it should be good enough for her staff.

Then we can see just how excellent the food really is.