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Fine For School Lunch

Mom Fined For Packing Lunch That Didn't Include Crackers




Packing the perfect lunch takes on a whole new meaning when you can be fined for failing to do so. Karen Bartkiw, a Manitoba resident and mother, received a $10 fine for sending her children to school with "unbalanced" lunches. According to Manitoba Government’s Early Learning and Child Care, children must be sent to school with a balanced meal of one milk product, one meat, one grain, and two fruits or vegetables. While Bartkiw's brown-bagged meals met most of the standards — she typically packed meat, potatoes, carrots, oranges, and milk for her two children— her lunches lacked grains, which led to a $5 fee per child.

To see how Bartkiw fought back, and what the school district said, read the full story on Huffington Post.

Source: Boing Boing
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Trent14429931 Trent14429931 2 years
Perhaps the school needs to take a few classes on nutrition, considering milk is not a necessity and crackers are empty calories.
ChristinaMcNiel ChristinaMcNiel 2 years
What if that child had a gluten allergy?
Rebecca-Lynn14746420 Rebecca-Lynn14746420 2 years
What a crock of shit, when the School starts paying for my groceries, then they can tell me what to feed MY kid. Like seriously...all I got was a basic PB&J or other simple snadwhich andthat was it when Iw as a kid. Quit telling us how to raise our kids andmind your damn business. Bad enough we can't send our kids Peanut Butter, now you want to tell us what we HAVE to send?
CoMMember1361171100333 CoMMember1361171100333 2 years
A potato is a grain
AshleyBurt AshleyBurt 2 years
I want some fancy pants dietician to explain to me how on Gods green earth that ritz crackers are more healthy than POTATOES. Those jack wagons should be paying $20 per child for just being plan stupid.
AshleyBurt AshleyBurt 2 years
You have got to be FLIPPING kidding me?!!??? I would be chewing whoever made this stupid rule up one side and down the other even if I did have to pay it, they'd wish they never made this rule. Is this about a child health or about MONEY? Id say the LATTER. This is disgusting that the state has to think they are entitled to raise our children. How disgusting.
FjolaRoberts FjolaRoberts 2 years
I have never heard of anything so ridiculous as this.I thought it was your right to give whatever food you chose for your child. To me ,you had a very healthy combination for your child.
sarahscofield1370569874 sarahscofield1370569874 2 years
Seriously thought this was a post from April 1st having a little fun with readers. I suppose when you can't find a way to protect children from pill popping addicts who teach Health and Wellness or the pedophiles who have permission to transport your child to his/her game or event without supervision as per the pedoteachers discretion the obvious thing to do is find the next high risk situation, apply the legislation applicable to learning institutions to parents who are not in compliance with the legislation, identify deficiencies, advise them of your concern for their child's life and blatant lack of appreciation for the people who were there with Ritz crackers when they failed....hense the fine.
sarahscofield1370569874 sarahscofield1370569874 2 years
Seriously thought this was a post from April 1st having a little fun with readers. I suppose when you can't find a way to protect children from pill popping addicts who teach Health and Wellness or the pedophiles who have permission to transport your child to his/her game or event as per the permissokn
AyeshaJackson AyeshaJackson 2 years
how about the school just provide lunch for the kids for free then they can be assured that the children eat by the so-called guidelines! this is ridiculous! I wish my kids school would tell ME how to feed MY kids! crazy!
KarinVanDalen KarinVanDalen 2 years
yolandaschrock - that's exactly what I was thinking when I read this story. It's heading that way fast. Charging her $5 per child for stinking crackers that aren't even that healthy is insane. And the note said $5 per child per item missing. That would cause me to sue the school system and then yank my kids out and start homeschooling. Just let them try to fine me over what I feed my son in my own home.
kelsiegriggs1362768637 kelsiegriggs1362768637 2 years
Noone has mentioned how rediculous it is to charge 10 dollars for rits crackers for 2 kids. This is why rules should be broken more often than they are made.
Erind123 Erind123 2 years
@Yolanda, this didn't even happen in America.
LuluMoshi LuluMoshi 2 years
The school people should go fuck theirselves, sorry but it's true!
AmberKearns AmberKearns 2 years
This is insane!!!
LillianLewis1372988123 LillianLewis1372988123 2 years
Sorry I ment these people don't have a life
LillianLewis1372988123 LillianLewis1372988123 2 years
Ya this off the hoke like no one wold ever tell me what to feed my childeren like ever I'm there momther I provide I feed them what I wish to feed them and there's pepper oveislee don't have a life of there own
yolandaschrock yolandaschrock 2 years
This is not freedom. It will be happening in America if we don't do something about the people who are running this country. Sure I believe in balanced and healthy food for kids but this is ridiculous!
CorrieZacharias CorrieZacharias 2 years
And since when are Ritz crackers "healthy?" It's even a bit of a stretch to call them a grain. I would have turned right around and sued the school for feeding my kids processed junk food, full of trans-fats and GMO ingredients, with absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever!
LisaToussaint LisaToussaint 2 years
And the potatoes are what???? Ok maybe not a grain but it's a starch....
629Roo 629Roo 2 years
While I agree children should have a balanced lunch I don't think this mom should have been fined $5 per child for what could have been a one-morning oversight when packing lunch. To me, that's an overreach.
Jaime14648155 Jaime14648155 2 years
And what if you can't afford the damn crackers? wth...
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