Tell Little Village Academy: Let Students Bring a Lunch!
  • Petitioned Elsa Carmona

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Principal, Little Village Academy
Elsa Carmona
Communications Officer, Chicago Public Schools
Monique Bond

Tell Little Village Academy: Let Students Bring a Lunch!

    1. Jessica Belsky
    2. Petition by

      Jessica Belsky

      Santa Monica, CA

Students at Chicago public school Little Village Academy aren't allowed to bring a lunch from home without a medical reason. Seem a little extreme? Elsa Carmona, the school's principal, insists that this is the only way for kids to get a healthy lunch--by eating the food at the school's cafeteria, or going hungry. That means that students who aren't eligible for free or reduced lunch are forced to pay for cafeteria food, likely at a higher price than what it costs to pack a lunch. We all applaud steps to increase nutrition during school lunch, but parents should have the right to pack something healthy for their kids. It seems like the real winner here is the company providing the school's food service.

 

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    1. Reached 1 signatures
    2. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Student-run publication covers Little Village Academy's ban on homemade lunches

    3. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Macleans likens LVA's homemade lunch ban to how prisoners are treated

    4. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Atlanta paper covers the criminalization of brown bag lunches

    5. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      HuffPo covers Little Village Academy's school lunch ban

    6. Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      LA Times: Chicago school lunch policy is not a lesson in good nutrition

    7. Reached 1 signatures
    8. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Let's get homemade lunches into Little Village Academy before the end of the school year

    9. Reached 750 signatures
    10. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Kids can't bring lunch at Little Village Academy even if they don't like the cafeteria meal being served that day

    11. Reached 500 signatures
    12. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Shouldn't parents have a say in what their kids eat?

    13. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Studies show that kids consume 50% of their daily calories while at school.

    14. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Are Chartwells-Thompson lunches really healthier than homemade meals?

    15. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Epicurious blog tackles packed lunch bans

    16. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Editorial: Chicago school bans packed lunches

    17. Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Kids consume 50% of their daily calories while at school. Shouldn't parents decide what they eat?

    18. Reached 250 signatures
    19. Chicago Public School Bans Homemade Lunches

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Many parents don't like the meals that school cafeterias dish out. But you can always send the kids off for the day with a healthy, brown bag lunch, right? Not if your children attend Chicago's Little Village Academy.
      Little Village's principal, Elsa...

    20. Reached 5 signatures

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    • Paulita Jasso DESOTO, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      When I was in 1st grade, it was mandatory for every student to drink their milk. The principal would stand in front of me in the cafeteria and watch as he forcibly made me drink the carton of milk. I told him that I had a milk allergy, but he said it was a school rule. This happened everyday for a year of school, and consequently everyday I would spew vomit all over the cafeteria to which of course they had to clean it up. It was strange...Eat Lunch, Drink Milk while principal watched, Vomit! Go out to recess while the janitor cleaned up my mess. Due to this bad experience I had as a small child, I ask you to please give the parents a choice in giving their child a sack lunch. Not everyone can tolerate all foods. My 15 year old son has a geographic tongue that no one knew about until recently. He can't taste everything which makes him vomit out what has no flavor. If nothing else, remember the bible verse, "Be kind to each other" and "Do onto others as you would have them do onto you"

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    • edward willis PANAMA CITY, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Are you people socialist and if not then let the kids bring their own lunch,and eat what they want without you or the government getting involved .

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    • Megan Zavieh FREMONT, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      No mass-produced food is ever particularly healthy. It just isn't. And there's no way that what they're offering necessarily trumps what a family will make at home. Sure, some kids will bring food that's not as nutritious as what they want to serve, but the school's job is not to police what kids are eating. It's to educate -- and most of them don't do that very well. Instead of trying to do something they're not equipped to do nor charged with doing, how about they focus on education? I also have no doubt that $ is the motivating factor here, not nutrition. I'm sure the company selling the lunches is somehow owned by the principal's son or something like that.

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    • R. Manina OAKLAND, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Believe it or not, people don't want benevolent overlords. This is going too far and controlling people's personal choices.

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    • Russann Samoleski ENGLEWOOD, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      WHAT A JOKE!! WORRY ABOUT EDUCATION, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO CONTROL THE FOOD PEOPLE EAT. MAKE A BUCK MAKE A BUCK ,REALLY IS THAT THE FOCUS FOR THE EDUCATION SYSTEM NOW????

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