Mother fined $10 for not including Ritz crackers in kids' school lunch




I don’t think my parents could have afforded my vegetarian diet given that meat is also a requirement.

What an odd system.

Today you were missing: GRAIN-1... Parents will be charged $5.00 per child, per item missing...

So the parents were charged $10.00 for missing one grain in one child’s lunch. I"m going to assume there must be more to this story that would explain why the administrators’ math appears to be faulty here.


I’m as liberal as the next guy (probably more so) but this is the kind of thing that gives a bad name to the socialist nanny state. If this were in the USA, this would be the lead story on Fox tonight.


I thought the same thing, but if you look at the top, it says “Natalie & Logan” so it’s 2 kids x $5 = $10.


Just your reading. Two names at the top.


Funny thing is the policy came into effect under a conservative government.


As Kristen writes, had she sent along lunches consisting of, “microwave Kraft Dinner and a hot dog, a package of fruit twists, a Cheestring, and a juice box” those lunches would have sailed right through the MCCA idiocy. But her whole food, homemade lunches? They lacked Ritz Crackers.

I guess you could just tape small, sealed, single-serving portions of the more preservative-infused versions of each food group to the inside of your kids lunchbox, then send them away with whatever you want.

Also the batshit-crazy seems to have been de-guano’d.

[Kristen also updated me that consequent to parents failing to pack “balanced” lunches they’ve moved to a hot lunch program that she describes as great. So perhaps some good came out of the MCAA’s idiocy after all]

I can just imagine the tsunami of sudden parental intervention darkening the skies of the Faculty break room.


Thank you. I shouldn’t have criticized their math when my reading skills were lacking. Especially since the specific amount really isn’t the problem here.


I was surprised to see this because I assumed these categories were based off the Canada Food Guide. So I looked it up and yep, all three Canada Food Guide Charts I could find showed potatoes as a vegetable. I guess they are but I have trouble believing the day care didn’t let this slide.


I’d send the school an invoice for messing up what was otherwise a reasonably balanced lunch.

I mean, if the school wants to be a bunch of pedantic pricks, the parent could out-pedantic them by claiming adding those crackers disturbed the child’s macro splits for the day, requiring them to spend extra time at the gym to burn off the surplus calories. This takes time away from doing homework which causes grades to suffer, resulting in lost future income.

So ten million dollars seems like a fair figure.


This reminds me of a small conference we had in the office (An early childhood professional development org) the other day about scaling up good ideas, and that challenge of balancing the complexity of the idea with the capacity of people executing it. If Canada is anything like the United States, New York in particular, education and training requirements to be in the field of early childhood are next to nil and the pay is laughable-if-it-weren’t-so-cryable. So any good idea is really difficult to translate into well-executed policy.


Wait, Logan?

Poor Wolverine. He needs his grains or else his snickt is more of a sklorch.


Would a 3D printed edible gun be okay?


1 milk+ 1 meat together in one meal…prejudice against orthodox Jews? I think that’s also part of hallal (Muslim equivalent to kosher). To say nothing of Seventh Day Adventists, vegetarians, those on a gluten-free diet, etc.

Maybe the family should sue for force-feeding.


The incident occurred in Manitoba, Canada, not the U.S. (Not sure if that makes the answer to your question more likely to be “yes” or “no”.)


Besides the fact that this is totally over the top, there’s two problems with this.

A whole box of Ritz Crackers costs much less than $10 (I’m not sure, I don’t buy them), so the extra becomes a method to supplement budgets that the parent is already paying for.

Only the courts and those government branches authorized under law (such as RevCan) can levy a fine.


You’re all missing the real crime here.

That typeface. On an official note that’s supposed to be taken seriously.


Everyone seems to be taking a page from the book of “Nickel and Diming” in order to get cash, some way, any way.

Ritz crackers are full of dehydrogenated fat and essentially no grain. WTF? At least the vegetables had some fiber.*

I just looked and here are the ingredients:



Liberals would give the kid the food they thought was missing. The ideology you’re looking for is “asshole”.