Healthy eating habits began when we are children. Whatever foods we enjoy eating in our younger years forms our food cravings as we get older.
This also includes what we eat at school. Lunches and breakfasts are provided in some schools bit aren’t always the healthiest option where some parents would rather pack their own kids’ lunches.
However, in some schools in Canada, parents complained after staff took the healthy eating campaign a little too far.
In Durham, Ontario a healthy eating initiative was brought in to schools where children were encouraged to have healthy lunches and to bring healthy food from home.
However in one school a child was left very upset after his homemade slice of banana bread was thrown away at snack time. Staff claim the reason was because it contained chocolate chips in it.
The four year old boy was left upset and confused and informed his mom, once he returned home. She followed up and complained to the school principal. Elaina Daoust , mother of tow said she was furious that her son’s food was thrown out and instead he had to eat the grapes out of his lunch box.
“He came home with a chart (listing healthy snack ideas) and told me he and the teacher talked about it and healthy choices. She also sent a note to me. I was really, really, really mad for several reasons,” Elaina explains
More than 30 parents have said their child has had food taken from them.
A number of the items thrown out included juice boxes, Goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, granola bars, chocolate milk, and string cheese. Durham Catholic District School Board state lessons on healthy eating is part of the school curriculum.
“There is nowhere in our policy or procedures that says our staff is allowed to take food away from a student,” said James MacKinnon, a teaching and learning consultant with the school board.
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