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Published: Sunday, Jan. 20 2013 10:20 p.m. MST

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red state pride
Cottonwood Heights, UT

As usual, when I read this front page story this morning I felt like I was living in upside down world. We rank last in free breakfasts? As others have stated the flip side of that is that we rank first in Parent provided breakfast which I always thought was a basic parental responsibility. Not in upside down world I guess. Now we rank last because we aren't maxing out the borrowed/printed money from the Federal Government by actually feeding our children. What a sad state of affairs.

Chuck E. Racer
Lehi, UT

Just like we rank last in cigarette smoking and alcohol abuse. YEA! I want to be last in dysfunctional families, last in welfare, last in neglect of children. We need to celebrate this latest announcement - and not criticize us for success!

Grundle
West Jordan, UT

""If we were able to serve an additional 640,000 students, that would bring in $15.5 million more into this state," she said."

This is what is wrong with our current paradigm.

It is so sad to see what is happening in our country.

On Sunday I referenced several examples of how the church used to teach self reliance. I was surprised at how many people had never heard of the church's admonitions not to accept government handouts. I even had a couple of people want to argue the point.

The world is changing. I am not sure it is for the better.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

What an Orwellian story line!

A wise man said: “Liberals measure compassion by how many people are given welfare. Conservatives measure compassion by how many people no longer need it.”

What we see here is a plea from a government bureaucrat to increase the number of "poor" kids she can feed, while ensuring her job security.

And, even worse, what is less visible is the huge pressure to get as many people as possible on to the liberal welfare plantation, dependent on government, and thus reliable Democrat voters.

Just where do those 15.5 Million extra "free" dollars come from to feed an additional 640,000 students? Why from taxpayers, of course.

If the kids getting "free" meals really understood what was being done to them, they would gladly skip some meals now, if it would help get them out of paying for all the "free stuff" that is being given away today. The $16+ trillion dollar debt the KIDS will have to pay off (with interest to the Chinese) proves that these are not "free" meals at all.

Rural sport fan
DUCHESNE, UT

Some of you should go look at what the government calls "breakfast" in the school. I know the lunch ladies at my kid's school are totally frustrated at how poor it is, they are actually not allowed to cook good food, but instead are forced to use pre-packeged stuff that the gov't approves, like frosted pop tarts (1 per kid), or the wonderful rice crispy treats made of the OH-so-healthy Trix cereal.

It is a disgrace.

Kudos to Utah for staying away from that stuff.

joseywales
Park City, UT

DN subscriber2- I used to be told by a wise man I knew that Liberals are always looking for someone to give a "handout" (or taking one) and Conservatives are always looking to give a "hand up".

This story, especially the part about how Utah could get more aid if only more people took it, makes me sick. I'm all for helping the needy, in fact, I've been the recipient of aid in my life, however, coaxing kids to come eat at school who already eat a healthier breakfast at home is insane. This happens even where we live, the school sends notes home begging that kids come eat breakfast so they can qualify for more grant money. Enough! I see these "needy" people all the time pulling up to school dropping their kids off for free breakfast in their Escalades

ApacheNaiche
PINETOP, AZ

That's good news. It means families from Utah take care of their own. They don't leech off the federal govt. for more "free stuff".

Bebyebe
UUU, UT

If I'd said the other candidate was 'disgusting' my comment would've been tossed. DN rations comments from one side.

Obama won. Get over it. If you don't like it you can leave.

Barb Wire
USA, UT

If the lunches for the rest of Utah schools are as bad as Beaver HS then the kids are getting a reprieve. They are absolutely horrible and sometimes undercooked.

JayTee
Sandy, UT

So just throw in a third meal and a bedroll, and the government can take over the entire job, right? Oh wait--the Soviets tried that, and it didn't work so well. They tried lots of other things we are trying, like destroying the free enterprise system, invading Afghanistan, taking over all the medical care, etc. None of it worked out very well. So, in failing to learn by observation, we here in the loud and proud U. S. get to learn everything the hard way.

Sqweebie
Salt Lake City, UT

to Grundle - actually more bishops are telling people now to apply for food stamps and where the food bank is in their neighborhood. This is especially true for those who don't come to church very often for whatever reason. To tell you the truth the food given away 75% is past its expiration date and the dairy products like milk, yogurt and cream cheese you can't even use.The stores can't legally sell it they shouldn't be giving it to the food banks.

Grundle
West Jordan, UT

Re: Sqweebie

As an LDS Bishop, I can tell you that there is no direction from the church to direct people to any government program. There is a lot of direction on helping people become self sufficient, better employed, and living within their means... but applying for food stamps? That's a new one on me. Also, there is no discrimination between those who come to church regularly and those who do not. Most, if not all, food assistance comes from the Bishop's storehouse which distributes food of the highest quality.

Libby
Layton, UT

I too would like to applaud the other comments. It's good to know that I wasn't the only one disturbed by this article. It is easy to see why this country is in so much trouble when you read articles such as this one. We have a skyrocketing debt that threatens to collapse our economy, and these people are worried that more Utah children aren't eating breakfast at school? The article reads, "with one in six households lacking the resources necessary to healthy eating." Well, my family can't figure out why we have 38% of the state's children qualifying for free or reduced lunch if only 1/6 lack the resources for healthy eating. I believe that the article should read, "Utah Leading the Nation," instead of "Utah Falling Behind." We're obviously doing something in this state better than the rest of the nation - Good Job Utahns!!

MemoFromA Demo
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Hey, Utahns. We're a State of wealth! We should be the first to step up and feed the hungry, cloth the naked, and succor those who stand in need of our succor. Frankly, we can do more! We ought to be looking for lots of ways to be charitable. Its time that those of you who have "enough unto spare" open your wallets and give willingly, instead of waiting for the government to pry open your wallet to get some of your stingy hard cold cash. Don't you get it, our school food program is FREE, -- paid by the Federal government. We are turning away over $15 million dollars a year, money that is free. Not only should we gladly be serving breakfast and lunch, we ought to be serving dinners out of our school kitchens. I see no reason why we don't keep our school cafeterias open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and feed anyone who comes unto us. Have we no charity?

generalM
Frannie, WY

I work part-time at a grade school and see how much of both breakfasts and lunches are tossed in the garbage. So much taxpayer money down the drain. There may be some children who truly do not have enough to eat--or enough healthy food to eat--but from what I've seen in the last 25 years, that number is very, very small. And we live in a school district with a very high % of low-income families. While raising my own, I watched as neighborhood kids, whose parents were on food stamps, WIC, etc., got bikes for Christmas, bought candy everyday at the corner store, and received free lunches,while my six, who could have been on reduced-priced meals at school, had so many fewer expensive toys and so much less money to blow on treats, and were fed at home. It takes 5 minutes to cook or nuke a panful or bowl of whole grain oatmeal. A 25 lb bag of it costs $36, makes about 250 one-cup servings, and, served with milk is a complete protein. Let's start talking personal and parental responsibility.

Danny Chipman
Lehi, UT

Memo,

Haven't you heard the phrase "there's no such thing as a free lunch (or breakfast)?" Just because the money comes from the federal government does not mean it's free. An economic simpleton could understand that.

That money comes from TAXPAYERS. From you and me.

And based on the comments on this thread, there are a lot of people who, like me, agree that we don't want to see Utah, or the U.S. turn into Soviet Russia. Look how well that worked out for them! Hundreds of thousands of children were thrown into the streets when the "free" programs finally failed, because their families didn't know how to survive without government assistance.

Let the program stay for those who truly (if sadly) need it. Congratulations to us Utahns who are wise and willing to take care of our children's needs AT HOME. And c'mon...it's not like those needs are so hard to address: bowl of oatmeal, toast, or fruit...quick and very inexpensive to make.

Grundle
West Jordan, UT

Re:MemoFromA Demo

So...Where does the money come from? Obama's stash?

Sounds like you need a little public funding 101 education.

Also...Look up which state,demographic,political party or whatever, is the most charitable. You may be surprised.

To say that we can always do better is a true statement. But only if it is tempered by a knowledge of what is being done now and what is the most effective way to create wealth, both individually and collectively.

So go on...Keep learning...graduate from high-school, become a contributor and keep posting. Your progress in life will be fun to watch.

Harley Rider
Small Town, CT

The Federal Government has no business being involved with our schools period!

The Dept of Education needs to be gone - and the monies saved can be returned to the States. No Child Left Behind was a utter and complete failure.

If a local school determines that some of the kids need a breakfast, well it should be provided and any all other other issues concerning a local school system should be handled without Federal Government interference - Ie want some of your monies back to build a new school - well first you have to teach this & that and agree to this and that and hire this group & no more prayer , discipline , pledge of the allegiance

So why is Autism an epidemic - it's caused by the vaccines.In my area it's unheard of in the Amish communities - why ? they don't vaccinate , but if you want to go to a gov. school - receive 47 vaccinations which only destroys the best immune system on earth

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