A 4 year old girl in North Carolina took her lunch to school. She took a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, potato chips, and apple juice. Sounds better than most of my lunches (or at least my lunches before my New Years’ diet took over my life). But in North Carolina, “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.” And so the big mean state inspector declared her lunch to be “nutritionally inadequate” and required her to replace it with the more nutritious school lunch – chicken nuggets. To top off this lunacy, they made the girl’s mother pay for the school meal.
What’s beyond a nanny state?
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