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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