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School bans home lunches, requires kids buy cafeteria food

CHICAGO (CNN) - One Chicago public school is telling students they can either eat cafeteria food or "go hungry."

According to the Chicago Tribune, students are not allowed to bring lunches from home at Little Village Academy in Chicago unless they have a medical excuse.

If a student does not qualify for free or reduced price school lunches, he or she must pay $2.25 for lunch.

The school's principal says she was tired of seeing children bring chips and soda for lunch, but noted the policy has been in place for several years.

The requirement, however, is causing debate. Some children and parents want the choice to bring their own food from home.

Regardless if schools ban kids from bringing lunches or not, cafeteria offerings across the country will soon be healthier.

Last year, first lady Michelle Obama championed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which calls for higher nutritional standards, among other things.

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