I should no longer be surprised at any inanity which comes out of the once-great city of Chicago:
At his public school, Little Village Academy on Chicago’s West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria.
Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.
“Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,” Carmona said. “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 said she created the policy six years ago after watching students bring “bottles of soda and flaming hot chips” on field trips for their lunch. Although she would not name any other schools that employ such practices, she said it was fairly common. [emphasis added]
I’m sorry, Fernando, but your momma is too stupid to pack lunch for you. Here, have some more of this. Oh, and don’t worry about the fact that your principal cannot speak proper English. I’m sure she’s having the same food for lunch that you are.
“While there is no formal policy, principals use common sense judgment based on their individual school environments,” Monique Bond [public school spokeswoman] wrote in an email. “In this case, this principal is encouraging the healthier choices and attempting to make an impact that extends beyond the classroom.”
Any school that bans homemade lunches also puts more money in the pockets of the district’s food provider, Chartwells-Thompson. The federal government pays the district for each free or reduced-price lunch taken, and the caterer receives a set fee from the district per lunch.
At Little Village, most students must take the meals served in the cafeteria or go hungry or both. During a recent visit to the school, dozens of students took the lunch but threw most of it in the garbage uneaten. Though CPS has improved the nutritional quality of its meals this year, it also has seen a drop-off in meal participation among students, many of whom say the food tastes bad.
Why wouldn’t the food taste bad? There is no competition. And why on God’s green earth is the principal “attempting to make an impact that extends beyond the classroom”? Has the principal perfected what goes on within the classroom to such an extent that she wishes to expand her domain?
No word on whether the school will be renaming itself from Little Village Academy to Michelle Obama Cafeteria and Academy any time soon.