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The Carolina Journal Online reports:

Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced with Cafeteria “Nuggets”

State agent inspects sack lunches, forces preschoolers to purchase cafeteria food instead

So a GOVERNMENT AGENT is inspecting lunches brought from home and deciding whether they are APPROPRIATE? Shouldn’t she be out, like, inspecting the size of holes in swiss cheese or something truly helpful?

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.

The girl’s mother — who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation — said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a “healthy lunch” would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25.

And the government sees no irony in deeming a sandwich brought from home as inadequate and instead providing chicken nuggets. AND THEN charging the mom for the priviledge of essentially being replaced as decision maker and provider for her child?

What in the HELL is going on in this country?

This story makes me want to weep.

**By the way, I don’t need any help deciding what kind of light bulbs to buy either.