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Province ends lunch dispute

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THE province is putting an end to a food fight after a Manitoba woman was fined by the lunchbox police.

Kristen Bartkiw sent her kids to their Rossburn daycare with a lunch of potatoes, carrots, oranges, milk and roast beef. The incident at Little Cub's Den Daycare more than 11 months ago appeared in an online blog earlier this week.

The daycare sent home a note saying she was being fined $10 for not including a grain in the lunch, adding the daycare made up for it by giving her kids Ritz crackers.

According to Manitoba law, students in daycares and nurseries must have meals with all four food groups. If not, the daycare has to offer a suitable alternative to the child.

"That's unacceptable. We do not allow extra fees for food unless it is voluntary," said a spokeswoman from Manitoba's Family Services branch. "We learned of it (Monday) and got in touch with them right away and said this is unacceptable."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 20, 2013 A6

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