Sounds like a 1st World Problem to me, really...Seems as if some Parents
would rather complain instead of doing something about it...like teaching their
children how to save and eat for later. Learn to adapt or do without...#justsayin'
Save and eat for later? You didn't read the story, the parents or children
cannot take food they don't eat with them to eat later. I think
the whole programs is wasting billions of dollars as the people and trucks are
out roaming the neighborhoods where parents are getting welfare to feed their
children at home. So why is the welfare system and food stamp programs
supplementing and duplicating and triplicating the same service to the same
people in schools, streets, parks, and homes?The contra-tor
suppiling the foods is an international organization that is a no bid contract
ALEC scheme taking welfare program funds from the people who need it. They
should cancel this program and contract to anyone on food stamps. If they want
to feed the children, take the food downtown where the homeless need it more
than people on food stamps.The nationwide contractor is packing
foods without any dates of expiration or oversight about the preparation,
cleanliness, storage, and nutritional value and what country these sack lunches
are coming from.
So the one mom is upset because although her 6 year old eats all his food, her 3
year old doesn't - and the mom thinks this means portion sizes should be
smaller. If the portions were smaller, the 3 year old may or may not still not
eat it all but the 6 year old would not be getting enough to eat. As
long as not too much food is going to waste, I think not would be better to err
on the side of children getting enough to eat rather than still being hungry -
especially if the idea is to provide them a nutritious meal. What would be the
point of leaving them hungry and filling up on junk at home?This
program is a god-send for many families. I am glad it is there for them.
The supplier is not an "international contractor." "Billions"
are not being wasted. If you go to the Summer Food Service Program website FAQ,
you can read all about it. This is a program that is basically an off-shoot of
the school lunch program. Every state, even every district has its own
contractor. From what I gather from their website, even each sponsor could have
their own contractor or even serve as their own supplier. According to their
website, "Congress appropriated $398 million for SFSP in FY 2012." So we
are not talking "billions." And trucks do not "roam the
neighborhoods," that's not the way the program works. It has to be an
actual site, a park or school for example, that people can come to and that can
maintain sanitary standards.
Take a look at the school lunch program, another "better idea" from
Washington.They create these mandates and outlaw local adjustments.This problem should surprise no one.