Pack the Proper Lunch, or Pay the Price of Crackers

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All of you parents out there know of the struggle that is your child’s nutrition. Every day, you think of things to prepare for dinner that are both nutritional and not threats to becoming your new floor covering. I don’t know what it is with kids, but if food is nutritional, their taste buds automatically reject the food, and it becomes either a talking point for starving children in some country or a reason to keep them at the table for longer than usual.

The struggle is real. I know that very well, not because I’m the main cook at home, but because my mom is a dietitian, and she did her best to keep her kiddlings nourished and healthy.

So, in order to make the focus on diet and nutrition an everyday thing, the Manitoba government has taken it upon themselves to be the tyrannical rulers of the sack lunch.

(As a side note, I have two things to say about Manitoba: 1. It’s a province in Canada, and 2. the word Manitoba automatically conjures an image of a moose. Am I the only one?)

I digress.

Kristen Bartkiw (However you decide to pronounce this, it’s probably wrong. French-Canadian names always give me fits) made what she thought was a healthy lunch for her two children: roast beef, potatoes, carrots, oranges, and milk. Now, if you ask me, that’s a pretty solid lunch!

But if you asked the people at the Early Learning and Child Care department, they would disagree with you staunchly and charge you a cool 10 bucks. Not only did they charge Ms. Bartkiw $10 ($5 for each of her kids’ lunches because they were lacking grains), they took the liberty to add some Ritz crackers into their little brown bags.

My initial thought was, “Sweet! I love Ritz.” But then I started thinking, “What if the reason that this mom didn’t add grain to her kids’ lunches was because they were allergic to gluten?”

Just think. If these kids had these allergies and they were forced to follow a rule that was being forced by blind obedience, what could those consequences have been like?

I trust the Early Learning and Child Care department just about as far I can throw them, so I definitely wouldn’t want them feeding my kids because of this little stunt. Not to mention $10 was charged to this gal’s account for not adding bread.

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That’s ten bucks that could have been spent on a Lunchable, which may or may not have fit their category of “balanced” meal.

What do you think about these children being force-fed food that wasn’t necessarily approved by their parents? Do you think that the government should say what you should and shouldn’t feed your kids? 

What do you think?

Pack the Proper Lunch, or Pay the Price of Crackers

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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2 comments

  1. stephanie says:

    Sadly the government has a sick belief that they own you, your kids and everything they can place their greedy little hands on. I don’t agree with the charges made to this women. Its ridiculous to charge 10$ for crackers when a box of ritz crackers is less then five dollars and i’m sure they didn’t give her kids a whole box worth. Aside from that if the mother forgot to add wheat/grain or simply didn’t want to, that’s her choice as the parent. That’s her God given right to choose whats best for her children. I would be having a field day with that school if it were to happen with my own.

  2. Nat says:

    Nope, the government did not create the children and should not over step the rights of parents to care for and nurture their children as they see fit! We home school and decided to years before we found out about severe gluten intolerance in my youngest 2 kids if we did not home school we would have been in big trouble as even playing with play-dough makes my 2 year old sick. I am so thankful we decided to raise and teach the children we brought into this world instead of leaving it up to the government it truly has saved us from many heart aches and issues!! the Government should answer to the parents not the other way around!!

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