What is this world coming to?!
Kristen Bartkiw, a mother of two in Manitoba, Canada was fined $10 for not including Ritz Crackers in her children’s lunches! She was sent a note from her children’s daycare center telling her that the lunch she had provided for them was unbalanced and lacking in nutrition according to Canada Food Guide rules. Because of the horrendous nutritional value they deemed the lunches had, they kindly provided each child with a supplement of Ritz Crackers to make up for the deficiency.
What was in this abhorrent meal she so cruelly packed for her darling young children on that fateful morning, you ask? Home-cooked roast beef, potatoes, carrots, milk, and oranges. Shocking! See what’s missing? (Don’t worry; we didn’t either). According to the Canadian Food Guide, this meal was wholly unbalanced because it lacked grains. According to the Canadian government, a balanced meal for young children contains one milk, one meat, one grain, and two fruits. Apparently vegetables are optional, but grains are a must.
What about the thousands of kids who are gluten-free? Or completely grain-free? And the ones who can’t have dairy? Or even just the times when the mother sends a healthy but vegetarian lunch? There is no one-size-fits-all diet plan, especially in this day and age with the rise of food allergies and intolerances.
“You could send microwave Kraft Dinner everyday and that would count as a grain under the guide,” said Kristen. “I would encourage parents to not just blindly follow the Canada Food Guide, but really think about eating more real food and not packaged food.” In the end, she managed to call up the daycare center and negotiate that potatoes should be allowable in place of a grain. The fine was eventually dropped.
What would you have done in this situation? Have you experienced similar difficulties managing your child’s special diet in school or other public institutions?Read the original story here.