I like to cruise the Huffington Post occasionally. I still don’t have TV so I don’t get much in the way of current events if I don’t take this upon myself. Perhaps the Huffington Post is fluffy, but that’s okay, I like fluffy.
I nearly fell off my chair today as I was reading. Have you seen this one? Originally reported by Weighty Matters blog, a mother in Manitoba sent a lovely lunch to daycare for her kids that consisted of yummy and wholesome leftovers: roast beef, potatoes, carrots a cup of milk and an orange.
That sounds like a great lunch! Healthy, filling. Her kids are what? Judging by the picture the National Post includes in their article, maybe 3 to 5 years old tops?
Um. When my kids were five, all that food would have been more than enough to fill them.
But, it seems the daycare isn’t taking issue with how much food mom sent. They are taking issue with the fact it wasn’t nutritious enough. Mom hadn’t sent a grain product in the lunch.
I actually thought this was a joke at first.
Well, apparently, the province of Manitoba has a Nutrition Bill. I’ll be damned if I can find anything about it anywhere except the references to it in the 18 articles I’ve read so that’s why no link. Not a single article I read links to the actual bill – but they all mention it and 45 minutes with Google and I’m not closer to actually seeing that bill. Sadly, this will mean I’m ranting without evidence and I don’t care for that – but come on!
So, the word in these 18 articles is that daycares in the province of Manitoba are required to provide a healthy lunch based on Canada’s Food Guide. Well, I just spent another 30 minutes searching the Health Canada site where the Food Guide is provided and do you know, there is not a single thing anywhere that says lunch must have a grain? Not one.
Back on track here: so, what did the folks at this daycare do when they decided the lunch wasn’t healthy enough?
They fined the family $5 per child per item that is missing from the lunch and supplemented the lunch… in this case they gave the child Ritz Crackers.
Sorry, I’m on pause here. I keep reading that over and over. I am still unable to comprehend this. Seriously! ? !
I can’ wrap my head around either piece here: first, they wanted to make the lunch “more” nutritious so they gave Ritz farking crackers? Ritz?
Then, to add insult to inury… they fined the parent a total of $10 for providing said 2 crackers (I’m just guessing how many) to each of her children!
I understand the need to improve our children’s overall health. I understand that the government wants to take a role in ensuring that kids will grow up healthy and strong.
While it’s true the guide indicates the children in this Manitoba family should eat 3 or 4 grains in a day, it does not specify that one must be at lunch time. So who does this daycare think they are?
But is it just me? Making suggestions and offering guidelines is one thing but a fine from the daycare because someone clearly playing with less than a full deck decided what that unbalanced, poor nutrition-content lunch needed was some Ritz Crackers to fix it? Who the hell do they think they are??!!
And am I the only one who read that it was actually the daycare’s responsibility to provide the nutritious lunch and not the parent’s? As one anonymous commenter [on the original Weighty Matters post] said:
” JUST HOW MUCH of a super-nanny state are you willing to IMPOSE on EVERYONE to effect those ends ? ? ?
…and -just by-the-by- doesn’t it disturb you to live in such an authoritarian system where sheeple accept such overly officious interference without bleating ? ? ?”
Uh-huh. Nuff said.