Apparently a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, bag of potato chips and box of apple juice do not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines. In order to meet those requirements, the child was instead given chicken nuggets. The agent, for some reason, was inspecting the entire classes lunch boxes that day.
The state’s Department of Health and Human Services requires that all lunches served to pre-kindergarten students, whether from school or home, meet USDA meal guidelines of one serving each of meat, milk and grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables. If meals or snacks brought from home do not meet nutritional requirements outlined in the “Meal Patterns for Children in Child Care,” the school “must provide additional food necessary to meet those requirements.”
State officials can not explain why the girl’s meal was considered not nutritious enough. Jani Kozlowski, fiscal and statutory policy manager for the Division of Child Development told the Carolina Journal that the meal should have met guidelines.
“With a turkey sandwich, that covers your protein, your grain, and if it had cheese on it, that’s the dairy,” Kozlowski said. ”It sounds like the lunch itself would’ve met all of the standard.”
The government last month announced new guidelines for student’s school meals. The new standards call for more whole grains and produce as well as less sodium and fat in the food served in schools. While the measures mark a step forward from previous years, members of Congress fought to keep pizza and french fries on the menu claiming that both the tomato paste on pizza and the potatoes that make fries are vegetables.