The Chicago Tribune demonstrates the lengths to which liberals will go to overshadow the role of parents, blatantly infringing on their responsibilities to their own children’s basic needs. Government has constituently enumerated powers. Nannyism is not one of them.
Michelle Obama wants to tell us what and how to eat, although few of us can afford to emulate the Obama’s exclusive dietary tastes.
But at Chicago’s Little Village Academy, most students must take the school provided meals — both breakfast and lunch — or go hungry. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria. Bringing lunch from home is now verboten.
The Trib reports that dozens of students took the provided lunch but threw most of it in the garbage uneaten. No matter. Although the children might not get their nutrition, the puveyor’s bank accounts get very fat.
Any school that bans homemade lunches also guarantees more money in the pockets of the district’s food provider, Chartwells-Thompson. The federal government pays the district for each free or reduced-price lunch provided, and the supplying commissary receives a set fee from the district per meal.
Back in 2005, the catering contract was worth $100 million in managed annual volume, servicing 613 schools and 426,812 students in the Chicago area, alone. Annual revenue at that time was projected to exceed $52 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Chartwells-Thompson, a division of Charlotte, N.C.-based, high-dollar stock trading Compass Group, provided the food service for all six regions comprising the Chicago Public Schools System. We attempted to find more recent corporate financial remuneration information from the catering company, but it appears to be well concealed. However we were able to locate this 2010 report on “Diversity and Inclusion” including their abhorrence of gender discrimination (pages 7 and 8).
The Chicago School District is the third largest in the United States, leading us to question whether this is about nutrition or mammoth sums of money.
Read the Chicago Tribune article here.