Here is the story as reported by Carolina Journal and spread further afield by Mark Steyn in the National Review, where he put in the George III wouldn't have done this to you file.
A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.
The girl's turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.
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.Firstly, let me point out that the home-provided lunch was extremely well balanced and nourishing, unlike those chicken nuggets, which the child didn't like anyway. In fact, she ended up eating next to no lunch. Secondly, the idea that a parent who provides a carefully selected and packed lunch should then be forced to pay for cafeteria-provided rubbish is outrageous. Finally, and most outrageously, the idea of federal agents checking children's lunch boxes and demanding that they eat what the government prescribes is so outrageous that I have actually run out of outraged comments and that does not happen to me often as readers of this blog will know.
And what is the Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services? I have no doubt someone will tell me that we have something of that kind here as well.