Chicago school bans packed lunches

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A small school in Chicago is making big news on the lunch line these days. Little Village Academy on Chicago’s West Side no longer allows students to bring food from home to eat for lunch. So it’s either eat the cafeteria food or go hungry. As you might expect, the policy has parents all around the nation in an uproar.
According to Little Village’s principal, Elsa Carmona, the intention of the policy is to protect students from the potential for unhealthy homemade lunches.

“Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,” Carmona told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception.”
Carmona says she made the policy decision after seeing kids bringing bottles of soda and bags of chips on field trips. I applaud her intention to improve kids’ nutrition, but I’m not sure that banning homemade lunches is the way to get it done.

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