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Students who attend Chicago's Little Village Academy public school get nothing but nutritional tough love during their lunch period each day. The students can either eat the cafeteria food--or go hungry. Only students with allergies are allowed to bring a homemade lunch to school, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school," principal Elsa Carmona told the paper. "It's about ... the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk versus a Coke."

But students said they would rather bring their own lunch to school in the time-honored tradition of the brown paper bag. "They're afraid that we'll all bring in greasy food instead of healthy food and it won't be as good as what they give us at school," student Yesenia Gutierrez told the paper. "It's really lame."

The story has attracted hundreds of comments so far. One commenter, who says her children attend a different Chicago public school, writes, "I can accept if they want to ban soda, but to tell me I can't send a lunch with my child. ARE YOU KIDDING ME????"

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theloo...nal-food-fight
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Looking at the school meal on the plate: Where's the nutrition? Yeah, there's carrots, but canned pears that were sitting in corn syrup? Processed "cheese product?" Enriched bread, hormone filled meat, deep fried potatoes (tots), sugar filled ketchup, sugary milk? COME ON! I would rather send my kids a nutrition meal with whole grain bread, natural peanut butter, tea or water, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, and a treat. This is sickening.
 

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What exactly are veg*n kids supposed to do? I bet there are plenty of them in Chicago, unlike here. I'd pull my kid out of that control freak school.
Claim their kid has meat/dairy/egg allergies.


I can *kinda* see where the school is coming from, if most of the student body's families are below the poverty line and 30% of the children's daily calories come from school meals.......but its a stretch.

I would have starved if my schools did this, as I always brown-bagged it ((or brought a tupperware of dry cereal and bought milk because I was picky like that)).
My mother still packs sandwiches for herself and my father to take to work!
 

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"It's milk versus a Coke."

So er, not much to choose from, health wise...
lolz.

Sugar + water + caramel color ...versus... Sugar + lactose + milkfat.
 

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The picture in the article is NOT a picture of the lunch that is being served at this school. That's a pretty deceptive thing to do IMO. I can't really make a judgement on this unless I know what the actual menu for the kids is, rather than a picture of something that isn't very healthy at all.
 

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The picture in the article is NOT a picture of the lunch that is being served at this school. That's a pretty deceptive thing to do IMO. I can't really make a judgement on this unless I know what the actual menu for the kids is, rather than a picture of something that isn't very healthy at all.
Pace, this means no bentos for those poor kids
 

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This is simply an occasion for the school to make money by declaring a monopoly on food served during lunch. They don't really have the best interests of the children at heart.
 

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If my kids were going to that school, I would still give them a brown bag lunch. If the school tries to tell me otherwise, I would tell them that they didn't have a choice.
 

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Originally Posted by Herbivorous B.I.G. View Post

This is a pretty blatant cash grab. Take a look at what they're serving:



Yeah. Looks real healthy. One way or another, my kid would be bringing his/her own lunch.
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"A Little Village Academy student cringes at an enchilada dish served at his school. Many students throw away their entrees uneaten and say they would rather bring food from home. The school, though, does not allow students to bring in their own lunches, unless they have a medical condition or a food allergy. (Monica Eng, Chicago Tribune / February 17, 2011)"

That's an enchilada? Sounds healthy and looks VERY appetizing
Kids going hungry, what a great way to keep our kids healthy and able to focus!
 
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