11/21/13. Mom Fined For Home Cooked Lunch, Daycare Forces Her Children To Eat Crackers.
A Canadian mother of three received an odd demand from her children’s daycare along with a mandatory fine.
Kristen Barkiw is upset at the Manitoba daycare after they fined her $10 for packing her children a home cooked meal to take to school. What did the lunch contain that was so reprehensible by the daycare’s standards?
“I packed some leftovers, some roast beef and potatoes, some carrots, an orange, and some milk. And so, because technically a potato is not a grain, it’s a vegetable, that’s why I got my note.”
According to CBC News, the province requires licensed child care centers serving a child’s meal to include at least one serving of grains, milk products, meat, and fruits and vegetables, or alternatives, in accordance with the Canada Food Guide.
The note not only made Barkiw aware of her fine, it also informed her that her children were “supplemented” with Ritz crackers to cover their serving of grain.
“I’m not against Ritz crackers on principle,” Barkiw said. “To have them once in a while is not the end of the world. But it’s just the idea that, according to their regulations, and this comes from the Canada Food Guide, Ritz crackers are considered a grain and the Canada Food Guide doesn’t really distinguish between natural, real foods and heavily processed foods like crackers.”
Currently, the fine has been dropped and the policy has been replaced with a hot lunch program due to complaints from parents.