Saturday, July 24, 2010
The Peanut Butter Police
My kids are going to camp next week and it's a "peanut free" zone. They are not allowed to bring ANY food products with peanuts in them for lunch. If they find peanuts or peanut products in their lunch (and I quote) "the lunch will be thrown away and you will be called to bring your child a new lunch". I'm sorry, but when did peanut butter become the enemy? I understand that people have severe allergies, but this is just ridiculous. I don't mind complying with the rules, but it does create an issue for MY family - because peanut butter is a staple and likely the first choice of at least one or two kids for their lunch while at camp. Peanut butter is cheap and accessible and I have four huge Costco jars of it right now. I have one child who doesn't like any sandwich OTHER than peanut butter, so I will have to come up with something else she likes (not an easy task) for her lunch each day. I just think if a child has such a severe peanut allergy, other precautions should be taken. Such as not attending a summer camp with hundreds of other kids who's parents can't afford to send them Subway sandwiches or Lunchables each day. Or perhaps they should start offering "peanut free" camp weeks for kids with these severe allergies. I understand these allergies can be life-threatening. As a parent, if my child was severely allergic, I certainly would not rely on a staff of high schoolers to keep her peanut-free all week. After surveying my grocery purchases for the kids' lunches next week, I realized I had also purchased peanut granola bars, and Chips Ahoy cookies with peanut butter cups in them. Oops. Peanut butter is just too easy and such a great, nutritions, healthy protein to send a kid for lunch during a camp day, I can't believe 99 kids have to make accomodations for the one kid that's allergic. What's next? Peanut-free schools? Playgrounds? Malls? Will there be peanut police (Peanut Blart and Jelly, what, what, what is up?)? Will our kids face misdemeanor charges if they are caught with a Nutter Butter? This is nuts! Pun intended.