This article cited below out of Chicago is chilling and if other parents in other cities, counties and states are not made aware of the corporate and profit driven motives and influences behind these kinds of *district wide* mandates, they too will find themselves with children being fed the same low cost, soy and hormone filled meals they also feed to the convicts down the road.
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.
As a mother, no matter how unconventional of one I may be, I do not recall ever wanting some corporation or state run institution to mandate what my children put into their bodies. My children are not now, nor have they ever been, state property - there is no way in HELL that I would ever give away my parental rights and consent to my child to being force fed unhealthy, unnatural and genetically overrun FOOD PRODUCTS.
Anyone concerned about the quality of food in their school districts needs to research which food distribution corporation holds the contract for their county or district. If your child's cafeteria has recently been *updated*, renamed into some cool sounding mall hangout or splashed with bright colors and other visual stimuli meant to detract from the actual quality of food, it is likely sign of outside private interest influences. Corporations like SODEXHO and Aramark spend millions in researching ways to *sell* YOUR KIDS into a lifestyle of corporate owned foods and food sources.
The full article of the Chicago school district's takeover of parental rights can be found on the Chicago Tribune. I suggest every parent go read it and take warning; there is a concerted effort by corporations to take over control of your children, of their values and perceptions of moral and ethical behaviors...they spend millions - if not billions, of dollars paying experts to dissect your kids' brains and manipulate them into being hooked on their products from the cradle to the grave. They do not have your best interest at heart and think nothing of paying off local and state legislators in contributions, vacations, etc., and then following up with well studied sales pitches of saving money for the schools that fiscally scared folks eat right up.
The Chicago story clearly states,
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.
Unless you are willing to trust that a corporation that exists to make maximum profit with minimum expenditure knows more about the health and well being of your children, it is time to sit up and pay attention. Find out which corporations and industries are taking over your schools and do not ever allow them to take away YOUR RIGHT to send your kid to school with a homemade lunch!
Thank you, Mr. Shaw - you set fire in me about this again with your email this morning and set me off on a right and proper motherly rant!
** For those not familiar with Chartwells-Thompson
the following excerpt will help you see how they operate and how
they manage to game the system to benefit from government hand-outs
at the expense of local tax and federal taxpayers, of course.
Chartwells and Thompson (a minority owned business that has a strategic partnership with Chartwells parent Compass Group North America to co-manage select public food service contracts) received a one-year deal in St. Louis whose cost is contingent on overall student enrollment and on the number qualifying for federally subsidized school meals.