Canadian mother fined by day care center for not packing appropriate lunch

(WJLA) - A mother in Canada did not pack a lunch for her children that a teacher deemed acceptable, and she almost had to pay for it.


The CBC reports that Kristen Bartkiw, a mother of three in a rural Manitoba town, was hit with a $10 fine by her children's daycare because the lunch she packed for one of her kids did not have grains in it.

Licensed child care facilities in Manitoba require that a child's lunch include at least one serving of meat, fruits or vegetables, milk products and meat. Because one of those categories was missing - specifically grains - her kid's meal was supplemented by Ritz crackers and she was fined $10.

The lunch she packed included roast beef, potatoes, carrots, an orange and milk.

Bartkiw told the CBC that the school didn't consider the potato a grain (it's actually a veggie), she was fined. After appealing, the daycare dropped the fine, but the principal behind it still bothers her.

"It's really challenging and there's a lot of misinformation out there about what's considered a healthy food," she told the CBC.