Preschooler Forced to Eat Chicken Nuggets After Homemade Lunch Confiscated by Government Agent

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Once again big government steps in and pisses people off; this time by refusing a little girl her homemade turkey sandwich.

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No turkey sandwich for you.
Story By Matthew Boyle – The Daily Caller

A North Carolina elementary school forced a preschool student to eat cafeteria chicken nuggets for lunch on Jan. 30 after officials reportedly determined that her homemade meal wasn’t up to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s standards for healthfulness, according to a report from the Carolina Journal.

The newspaper reported that the four-year-old girl brought a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, potato chips and apple juice in her packed lunch from home. That meal didn’t meet with approval from the government agent who was on site inspecting kids’ lunches that day.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Child Development and Early Education requires that all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs must meet USDA guidelines. Meals, the guidelines say, must include one serving each of meat, milk and grain and two servings of fruit or vegetables. Those guidelines apply to home-packed lunches as well as cafeteria meals.

The Carolina Journal reported that the girl and her mother wish to remain anonymous to avoid public scrutiny, but she did write to her state representative to complain about it.

“I don’t feel that I should pay for a cafeteria lunch when I provide lunch for her from home,” the mother wrote in a complaint to her state representative, Republican G.L. Pridgen of Robeson County.

“What got me so mad is, number one, don’t tell my kid I’m not packing her lunch box properly,” the girl’s mother told a reporter. “I pack her lunchbox according to what she eats. It always consists of a fruit. It never consists of a vegetable. She eats vegetables at home because I have to watch her because she doesn’t really care for vegetables.”

The story has sparked national outrage against bureaucrats and politicians who aim to force food standards and health initiatives into place through legislation and regulatory action. North Carolina Republican Party spokesman Rob Lockwood told The Daily Caller it’s the latest example of why government “intrusion” isn’t helping anyone.

“More parental inclusion, less government intrusion would go a long way to solving our nation’s woes,” Lockwood said in an email. “Today is not a strong day for big-government, nanny-state enthusiasts.”

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  • Jim

    This is only the beginning.

    Under El Jefe Obama and the tyranny of the bureaucrat, your children are no longer yours. The state can now override you as a parent and tell your children what to think, what to believe, what to wear, what to say, what to eat, what to drink, where to go, what type of job they’ll have, where to work, how to breathe, how to pee, how to poop, whom to marry, how many children to have, and then the same cycle of serfdom with be applied to your children.

    We are now serfs in our own country.

    There is no escaping Dear Leader. Obama is all.

    You will conform.


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  • Jim

    From Evita Obama, herself, speaking at UCLA, February, 2008:

    …Barack Obama will require you to work.

    He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism, that you put down your division, that you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones, that you push yourselves to be better, and that you engage.

    Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual – uninvolved, uninformed…

  • wanumba

    THe second arrogance of this is that the lunch at school is NOT the main meal of a day. A sit down breakfast and dinner with all the necessaries is plenty of balanced nutrition of a day. It is not correct to judge a family’s nutrition on only the lunch.

    That meal pictured above is a symphony in soyoil-fried carbs.

    Just an aside, Americans could do very very well to dump the following: ‘vegetable oil’ (read SOY) replace with olive oil for everything, remove margarine replace with butter, use real creamer instead of soy fake creamers, all sodas. Add more meat. Replace half the week’s usual allotment of beer with a bottle of red wine.

    The USG by subsidies has jacked the soy, sugars and carbs (chubbifying corn). They are in EVERTHING.

    Don’t feed soy to your males. Estrogen. gah!

    Coffee surely got its bad rep from the nasty fake creamers and fake sweeteners – that’s NEVER discussed.

    Fundamentally, sounds like the’inspector’ had a vested interest in selling the cafeteria food to justify union employment. The schools have a highly developed culture of lying, so don’t expect them to do anything that is right.

  • CR

    Home school or private school, but never public school. That’s what happens when people vote with their feelings instead of their heads. Perhaps the lesson was learned and B. Hussein Obama will be tossed out in November. One can hope.

    In the meantime, my powder is dry.

  • http://none tommy mc donnell

    what the hell happened to school teachers? do they really think these kinds of action are consistent with the idea of a free people?

  • Yrral Dleifsarb

    The LibTards who hear of this will never wonder “How is this the government’s business?” Their impulse is to consider that the ignorant hicks need to be corrected, for the children’s sake. After all, they all know how superior their judgment is. That’s why they were so elated when Zero got elected. Why, they had accomplished something wonderful! “Now we can get to work making the world right!”, they said. (I’m not exaggerating here. Here in LibTardistan, such idiocy was openly displayed during the days after Zero became the Won.)

  • wanumba

    Private schools are currently hiring a lot of expublic school facilitators (real teachers are almost extinct! in the USA) and the Left culture is pervasive, so private school can be even worse than public. Two of the three private schools we tried used public school curriculum. What’s the point of paying extra for same old drivel? Buyer beware.

  • Reaganite Republican

    Nugget Nazis, egad

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  • forest

    “The Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Child Development and Early Education”

    Holy rip. This needs to be eliminated, pronto.

    Not only does the kid get her lunch confiscated by a Vogon, she’s going to have a acutely diminished future under the weight of his pension and the salaries of the four next generation Vogons that replace him – unless our society collapses first.

  • Militant Conservative

    Heard it on Rush. You’d be getting a visit

    from me, mess w my kid and pay the high price.

    This is nothing more than a pissing match.

    Powder is dry

  • Fuquay Steve

    They would have jailed my mom for giving me liverwurst for lunch – and I wouldn’t have been that upset about it – I hated liverwurst and still do.

  • squeaky

    i wonder which campaign buddy has the contract to supply the lunch? could be more about greasing the hands of campaign loyalist than about eating what THEY consider healthy. there’s no kickback in bag lunchs brought from home.

  • Erik

    How is this not theft? Why were the agent who did this not reported to the police for stealing from a child?
    Considering the agent must have had at least 100lbs on the kid, the threat of force was evident even if not used, so it could very well be regarded as armed robbery of a minor.

    I seriously doubt that HHS has the legal right to search private property (a lunchbox) without consent, nor that they have the right to confiscate the content. And I doubt they can argue that a preschooler gave consent, even if they do have the same right as an officer of the law.

    The agent should be reported to the police for robbing a preschooler.

  • squeaky

    this is a local issue but what i was wondering about was quotas…..everything with the government is probably more about quotas to justify grants, etc. and who says chicken nuggets would be healthier than a turkey sandwich? not all nuggets are the same.

  • Sickofobama

    Take your kids out of the indoctrination centers.

    Read the entire story.

    There were like 5 NAZIs checking out the little 4 year old’s food.

    Then it was determined nothing was wrong with her lunch.

    F*ck the Food NAZI Mooch Obama.

  • JPL17

    Somebody PLEASE tell me this story came from the Onion. Things like this aren’t supposed to happen in the so-called “land of the free.”

  • Amjean

    Has someone researched these “early learning centers” that are popping up all over our
    cities? It appears to me that since many parents work, the government is now competing with
    the day care/nursery school/private early learning centers. What is the tuition and how is it
    paid? Through tax dollars like kindegarten through high school?

    Another way to add to the government class of workers.

  • RedBeard

    From the Republican official: “More parental inclusion, less government intrusion would go a long way to solving our nation’s woes,” Lockwood said in an email. “Today is not a strong day for big-government, nanny-state enthusiasts.”

    True, but the statement is tepid at best. What he should have said is that the federal government should have no input into local school matters, not just less. None. Zero.

    The entire U.S. Department of Education should be completely and immediately wiped off the map, leaving no trace. It may take extreme measures to clean up the stain of meddling bureaucrat’s feces, but it must be done.

    The USDA needs to be reined in and redirected to doing only those things that the sovereign states cannot do for themselves. That is the constitutional limit on all federal powers.

    Screwing around with the lunch bucket of a 4-year-old is hardly within the constitutional purview of a federal agency. If it weren’t a bellwether of a far more serious problem, this action by a bunch of useless bureaucrats would be laughable.