Letter sent home to parents criticizes girl’s lunch

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By Laura McCallister

Kirksville, MO (KCTV) — A Missouri school district is apologizing for a letter sent home to a couple, questioning the lunch their young daughter brought to school.

A substitute teacher sent the letter home, which said the cafeteria staff thought the lunch wasn’t suitable.

The letter reads that the student’s “lunch today included four chocolate bars, a bag of marshmallows, Ritz crackers and a pickle. Please see that she packs a proper lunch tomorrow.”

But the little girl’s father says the letter was incorrect.

“Unfortunately, the letter didn’t have what she had correctly. She had four pieces of ham, a whole protein meat, she also had some pickles, which we admittedly cheat on pickles every once in a while as a vegetable – some fights just aren’t worth having. Then she had four marshmallows in a Ziploc bag, and then she had three very small pieces of chocolate, of which she ate one for lunch and then she also gave her brother and another friend one at an after school program,” Justin Puckett said.

The Kirksville, MO, superintendent apologized to the student’s family and said it won’t happen again.


  • JD

    Well Robert we can connect it to the government because the Obama Administration has declared the american people are incapable of feeding our children appropriately. They have gone to serving a specific lunch with fruits and vegetables. Truth is if your child does not take a fruit or a vegetable with their meal they charge an extra $1 per meal. Sounds silly right. Here is the worst part, the school doesn’t seem to care if the child actually eats it or not. They can simply throw it away if they don’t want to eat it but they have to take it or the consequence is the parent pays extra without knowing. So yep sounds like government to me.

    • bob

      I hate to burst your bubble, but before that bill could be signed by Obama it was first passed by the Republican controlled House of Representatives.

      Pretending there is a dime’s bit of difference between the two parties isn’t helping anything.

      • Gene

        Bob, I believe you are incorrect. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was passed on December 13, 2010 at which time the House of Representatives was controlled by the Democrats. The act was passed by 247 Democrats and 4 Republicans.


        Get your facts straight. Government feels the need to dictate what parents must feed their children. This isn’t an isolated incident.

  • Monica C.

    The school officials have gained too much control and use this power to over dictate to our children, one reason why I have no respect for our school districts!

  • Mimi

    Definitely not an ideal lunch for a child, but sending the letter to the parents about it is a little out of line. It’s just my opinion but people need to butt out of a parent’s decisions and let them parent, make mistakes, and let them do their best. With exceptions of course!

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