Okay. Here’s a story that is probably going to make many in the MNB audience crazy.

It comes from the Carolina Journal, which reports on how a preschooler at a North Carolina school was forced to eat three chicken nuggets when a state employee said that the lunch prepared for her at home by her mother did not meet federal nutrition guidelines.

According to the story, “The girl's turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.

“The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs - including in-home day care centers - to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.

“When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones.” And, the story notes, parents are then required to pay for the supplemental items.

And here’s the kicker. The kid, being a kid, only ate the nuggets, and brought the rest of her lunch home untouched.

Local officials are said to be looking into the incident.
KC's View: Let’s get this out of the way.

The move by the federal employee was profoundly stupid. First of all, that sounds like a pretty good packed lunch by almost any standard. The rules were put into place to protect kids with moronic parents who pack them a soda and a Twinkie for lunch.

But I do think that people who are turning this into a political issue are over-stepping a little bit. Bureaucratic behavior can run amok at any time, but that doesn’t mean that you decide that all nutrition programs in public education are being put into place by food Nazis. Which is what some people would have us believe, because any gasoline that can be thrown on a political fire is seen as a good thing.

A stupid person did a stupid thing. They should be instructed about the spirit of nutrition rules, and told to use their common sense.

I personally have a bigger problem with the chicken nuggets. (I hope they were baked, not fried.)