Last week The Blaze reported exclusively on a second North Carolina mother who said her 4-year-old daughter's homemade lunch was replaced with cafeteria food after it was determined to be lacking certain nutritional requirements.
Diane Zambrano came forward after state and school officials said there was a misunderstanding when another preschooler was told the same thing. After Zambrano told her story to The Blaze, Fox News reached out to us to get in contact with Zambrano and interview her on the air.
She appeared on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning to share her story on camera:
The lunch Zambrano packed for her daughter Jazlyn contained a cheese and salami sandwich on a wheat bun with apple juice. The lunch she got in the cafeteria was chicken nuggets, a sweet potato, bread and milk.
During the interview, Zambrano recounted how her daughter gave her a note from the principal about the specific food groups homemade lunches must contain. The note said though "we welcome students to bring lunches from home … it must be a nutritious, balanced meal with the above requirements. Students, who do not bring a healthy lunch, will be offered the missing portions which may result in a fee from the cafeteria.”
What upset her most, Zambrano told Fox, was "the fact that they took upon themselves to make the decision for me as a parent."
"We believe that we're in a country that we're allowed to do decisions for ourselves and the fact that they take it away from us, what are they going to take away next?" she said.
Officials at the Hoke County Schools Superintendent's Office initially told The Blaze they had no information about what happened with Jazlyn's lunch, and reached again said they had "no information at this time." In a statement to Fox News, the district said "Hoke County Schools has taken appropriate action to safeguard against any repetition of these situations in the future.”
Zambrano told Fox she has not received a personal apology and the school's statement was the first response from them she's heard regarding the situation.