School FORCES kids to eat Ritz Crackers & Fines Parents $10

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Imagine sending your children with a healthy lunch of leftovers consisting of roast beef, potatoes, carrots, oranges and milk and having the school tell you that the lunch is unbalanced.

Imagine then that they REQUIRE that your children eat Ritz Crackers and also fine you $10 for not sending a balanced lunch.

This is happening.

More often than you realize.


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I believe that as parents we have the right to not only choose what to feed our children, but to also be notified if someone is going to question our choices.

I live in the US and this incident was in Canada but similar stories are emerging here as well.

I would be pretty upset if someone questioned the lunch I packed my child but forcing them to eat something I do not approve of crosses the line.

What about allergies? Dietary restrictions? Personal choice?

The bottom line is that Ritz Crackers are full of GMOs, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors (yellow #6 which has been shown to cause ADHD and contain known carcinogens), and even more chemicals. Read more about ingredients in Ritz Crackers products here: What’s in it?: Ritz Bits Cheese crackers.

How is adding a chemical lab-created concoction healthier than the lunch she provided?

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  1. says

    I’d be talking to the school board and also going as public with it as possible. It’s a shame that the kids are the ones that have to suffer mostly for this insanity!

  2. says

    No way. I would be mad. These schools do not have any control over telling us what to feed our children. I think it woudl be different if it was complete junk in a lunch, but Ritz are not a whole grain substitute. And surely they do not cost the mom $5 per child. Nope, I’d be flipping over that.

  3. says

    This was exactly my concern when the new “guidelines” were announced right when my daughter started kindergarten. We are gluten-free (celiac) and eat paleo. Any grain any school employee were to hand my daughter would make her sick and cause great discomfort. And I’d have their asses in a sling, a lawyer at their door, and my hand out for the check I’d be cashing from the lawsuit.
    When I questioned her teacher, I was told omitting a grain was okay if the other food groups were covered. It was more about making sure there was enough nutritional “diversity” on the plate than making sure all the food groups were covered. But I live in the US so I don’t know if that’s different.
    There is no way this should have happened, but it did. Which only makes me more concerned about what will happen from here on out.

    • says

      I know that there are kids who don’t get any nutrition and the schools have the ability through funded programs to help make sure they do. But it should not be at the expense of the rights of parents who are in a position to provide proper nutrition.

  4. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I would FLIP my bloody lid if they ever did this to my kids at their school. I pack a healthy lunch and I pack them what they will like (and what I know will actually get eaten and not thrown in the trash). How are fricken Ritz crackers healthy anyways?

  5. Daria says

    This is totally rediculous, Those poor children had to finish the rest of the school day hungry. Crackers are an empty calorie snack it’s not even lunch. The moms lunch sounded pretty nutritous to me, I think the government is over stepping it’s boundaries big time in this situation.

  6. says

    I would be at the school board in an instant.
    My girls pack their lunches. Grace tells me only two kids in her class pack lunches. Sophie tells me the kids that buy lunches throw most of their food away. Yeah, great for them to get food and throw it away … that doesn’t teach good lessons! :/

  7. says

    This is horrible. I have a child allergic to ALL grains and dairy. I would be fined every day and my child would be dealing with terrible reactions. The lunch was healthy and I think they are going overboard on the grain issue. This is where government is way too large and just plain ridiculous.

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