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  • 20/11/2013 Make a Comment
  • Contributed by: Bewitched ( 20 articles in 2013 )
A CANADIAN mum has been fined for sending her two children to school with a homemade, whole food lunch, and her kids given crackers as a supplement.

Kristen Bartkiw received a penalty note from school officials because her lunch of leftover roast beef, potatoes, carrots, oranges and milk was “unbalanced”, reports Gawker.

According to the Manitoba Government’s Early Learning and Child Care department, for a lunch to be considered “balanced” it needs to include all the food groups.

Ms Bartkiw’s lunch did not include “grains” and therefore had to be supplemented with Ritz crackers. She was also fined $10.

Ms Bartkiw told Weighty Matters, had she sent her kids to school with lunches consisting of, “microwave Kraft Dinner and a hot dog, a package of fruit twists, a Cheestring, and a juice box” there would have been no dramas.

But her healthy, whole food lunches? They didn’t make the cut.

According to the nutrition facts found on its homepage, a serving of Ritz crackers (10 crackers) contains 6.5g of fat, of which nearly half is saturated.


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