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Mom Fined for Lack of ‘Grains’ In School Lunch. The School’s Answer? Ritz Crackers!

Mother Fined for Lack of 'Grains' In School Lunch. The School's Answer? Ritz Crackers! (?!?)

It’s time for your daily “what the [email protected]#?”  moment, Green Monsters.

A mother with two children in an early learning and child care program in Manitoba, a Canadian province, was slapped with a $10 fine because she packed an “unbalanced” meal of leftover homemade roast beef and potatoes, carrots, an orange and milk.

What was missing? The “grains.” So, in order to recoup the missing grain, the lunch was “supplemented” with Ritz Crackers. Nope: not kidding!

Kristen Bartkiw, the mother fined for the “grain” absence, explains that she feels that if she had sent lunches with “microwave Kraft Dinner and a hot dog, a package of fruit twists, a Cheestring, and a juice box,” there would not have been a problem. But, her homemade food needed a “supplement” of some of the most processed stuff on earth.

Following recent news that another mother was banned from packing her children’s own school lunches without a doctor’s note, this news may or may not come as a surprise – but, there is a common bottom line question here: when did schools become the sole decider of what kids consume during lunch hours?

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32 comments on “Mom Fined for Lack of ‘Grains’ In School Lunch. The School’s Answer? Ritz Crackers!”

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Lindsay MacPhee
4 Years Ago

Isn't this absolutely brutal!!!

Imogene King
4 Years Ago

How the hell can you force your own meal preferences on kids? What about vegan/veg kids or families with meat-free beliefs?

Meg Lacasse
4 Years Ago

No comment - I could do a whole rant though but I'll forbear...

Robyn Berg
4 Years Ago

Lunch police

Cynthia Aspengren
4 Years Ago

In the US, if a child brings their lunch, the school cannot get reimbursed for that meal. It's about money, not healthful food.

Jaysun Minaglia
4 Years Ago

Is that actually true, or just designed to make people mad?

Allison Brittain
4 Years Ago

the what the &*^% moment is why this mother or any other would allow a school or government to tell them what and how to feed their children..we sometimes fit all of our veggies in at supper ..some people don't like meat and milk is a killer if you drink it everyday..who the hell...what the hay...i mean when are we going to take back our rights..take the child out of this school and work very hard to change its idiotic policy or shut it down

Chelsea EatsClean
4 Years Ago

Wtf, what if my kids are vegan? Keep your propaganda Bullshit out of my decisions as a parent.

Karyn Molloy
4 Years Ago

Hmm I don't eat meat, grains or drink milk. Heft fine each day! Glad My kids are way past school age if this is where things are going.

Julia Matis-Lupp
4 Years Ago

As long as ppl give those companies power they will, but if everyone refuses i mean the whole world, all ppl tha we have the power, but nobody does


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