Someone is benefiting from the push to serve "healthier" food to school children but it's not the kids. Michelle Malkin reminds us of an enduring truth:
Big Government programs “for the children” are never about the children. If they were, you wouldn’t see Chicago public school officials banning students from bringing home-packed meals made by their own parents. In April, The Chicago Tribune reported that “unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria.” The bottom line? Banning homemade lunches means a fatter payday for the school and its food provider.You have to have a medical excuse to bring a lunch from home in Chicago. Parents aren't allowed to feed their own kids without a note from a doctor. And parents accept that. I guess it's just easier to let the benevolent state take over yet another family function. They really do know best. And everyone knows parents are so busy these days. You can't expect them to find time to make a lunch or even a breakfast or a dinner for their kids. And all this help from the government will only make the family stronger, right? Because the family that never eats together or sees each other . . . um . . . how does the rest of that go?
Back to Michelle Malkin:
Remember: The unwritten mantra driving Mrs. Obama’s federal school lunch meddling and expansion is: “Cede the children, feed the state.” And the biggest beneficiaries of her efforts over the past three years have been her husband’s deep-pocketed pals at the Service Employees International Union. There are 400,000 workers who prepare and serve lunch to American schoolchildren. SEIU represents tens of thousands of those workers and is trying to unionize many more at all costs.What a racket. Tons of food no one ever wanted is being thrown away in Los Angeles:
Earlier this spring, L.A. school officials acknowledged that the sprawling district is left with a whopping 21,000 uneaten meals a day, in part because the federal school lunch program “sometimes requires more food to be served than a child wants to eat.” The leftovers will now be donated to nonprofit agencies. But after the recipients hear about students’ reports of moldy noodles, undercooked meat and hard rice, one wonders how much of the “free” food will go down the hatch — or down the drain. Ahhh, savor the flavor of one-size-fits-all mandates.At least Michelle O will get a book out of it. So there's that.
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