@OOMYour story doesn't work.The National School
Lunch Program (NSLP) was signed into law by Harry S Truman in 1946.Ezra Taft Benson was not Secretary of Agriculture till Dwight D. Eisenhower
(1952) There may have been some secret discussion between Ezra Taft
Benson and Harry S Truman that got Truman to pass the Richard B. Russell
National School Lunch Act ... but Eisenhower didn't pass it. And Benson
wasn't Secretary of anything in 1946.So your question...
"do you know who started the whole school lunch program?", and giving
Benson credit for it... is bogus.Truman enacted the national school
lunch program before Eisenhower was even President, and before Ezra Taft Benson
as Secretary of Agriculture.======Benson served
simultaneously in the United States Cabinet and in the Quorum of the Twelve
Apostles.Wikipedia..."Benson opposed the system of
government price supports and aid to farmers which he was entrusted by
Eisenhower to administer, arguing that it amounted to unacceptable socialism.
Nonetheless, he served in his cabinet position for all eight years of
Eisenhower's presidency. He was an outspoken opponent of communism and
2bits and Darrel -- do you know who started the whole school lunch program? Do
you know which Secretary of Agriculture told the president who appointed him
that "No child should be hungry in a nation as wealthy as this one"?Do you know which Socialistic Communist did that?Have you
ever heard of a fellow named Ezra Taft Benson who convinced President Eisenhower
to start the school lunch program?Yup. And to the
author of this letter, what school are you talking about? In twenty years of
teaching, I never saw anything like what you are describing.If your
story is true, someone needs to be fired.
@2 bitsI would agree with you, that feeding the children is the duty
of parents. Many parents have opted to let the schools do the feeding to add
variety and health reasons. A school can prepare an actual meal, whereas a
"cold lunch" has little more variety than a sandwich. Just the
logistics of preparing a meal at 7 to be consumed at noon precludes many other
options.However, empty stomachs do not learn. Sadly, for many kids,
this lunch maybe the only meal they get all day. I am glad we have a program in
place that at least provides a meal for those in this sad situation. No matter
the circumstance, no kid should go hungry; regardless of the choices or
circumstances their parents may be in.
School should NOT be about lunches. Schools should be for LEARNING. Parents... feed your children! Don't expect the Government do it for
you.And if you do leave it to the Government... don't complain.