Utah ranks last in U.S. in number of students eating breakfast at school

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  • Harley Rider Small Town, CT
    Jan. 24, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    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

  • Grundle West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    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.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 8:31 a.m.


    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.

  • generalM Frannie, WY
    Jan. 22, 2013 6:56 p.m.

    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.

  • MemoFromA Demo SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    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?

  • Libby Layton, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    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!!

  • Grundle West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    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.

  • Sqweebie Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 2:11 a.m.

    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.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 11:13 p.m.

    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.

  • Barb Wire USA, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 8:51 p.m.

    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.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 8:30 p.m.

    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.

  • ApacheNaiche PINETOP, AZ
    Jan. 21, 2013 8:19 p.m.

    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".

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    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

  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    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.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    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.

  • Grundle West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    ""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.

  • Chuck E. Racer Lehi, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    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!

  • red state pride Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    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.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    Melinda Montano stated; that it is one less thing to worry about as she hustles the kids off to school. I realize that she is a single mother, but like many of the writers commented, maybe the time with mom, and talking about their education over a bowl of oatmeal would be better spent than having that time spent in the school cafeteria, eating institutional food, prepared by kind but uninvolved adults. Where is the parental involvement in our children's lives now? Just take care of them cradle to grave.

  • Let's be reasonable Baghdad, 00
    Jan. 21, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    In addition to the comments already posted, I applaud that Mom is cooking (when she can) breakfast for her children. We should be proud if a Mom can do some basic "Mom" stuff. My wife and I are so happy we could meet ends such that I worked and she worked at being a Mom and taking on so many household affairs and issues. She aspired to be a Mom since she was in elem school and a classmate was sick. The teacher asked the child where her Mom was. She did not know. My wife raised her hand and said she knew where her Mom was. At home. Her Mom came in and took the sick child home. OK, I know this would never fly today, but my kids knew their Mom was always available when they needed her. We went without some nice things in life, but there is nothing more "nice" than being there for a child. Not everyone can do it. But everyone who can, should have one parent who can be the "Household Engineer." Dad or Mom.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 21, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    Wow, free breakfasts? Where do I sign up? Now I can quit feeding my own children because the government will pay for their food! Is this a great country or what?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    This is good news assuming every child in Utah who
    needs breakfast is getting it.

  • Oregon Mom HILLSBORO, OR
    Jan. 21, 2013 11:14 a.m.

    Access breakfast? Access breakfast? My children eat breakfast. Which I cook for them. Are Utah children actually androids or something?

    Also, seriously, there is something wrong about assuming that if the state doesn't feed kids they don't eat.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    Thanks, but no thanks. You can keep your bread and circuses.

  • DeepBreath West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    Wow! Deseret News what other studies can you find that shed a bad light on education. Seems like every week or so you are searching and searching for anything negative to say about education.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    In a normal world, the headline, "Utah ranks last in U.S. in number of students eating breakfast at school" would be greeted with praise and welcomed.

    But, with our perverted "All our needs must be met by Government" mentality nowadays, it is just the opposite.

    This is demonstrated by the subsquent sentence, "While Utah schools rank low nationally, many have seen improvement. Canyons School District went from 26,558 free breakfasts served in October 2011 to 29,182 in October 2012."

    So, the news that *more* children are fed by the government rather than their own families is considered an "improvement".

    And we wonder why/how our government has become the insolvent, debt-ridden mess that it is.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    I have no problem with poor kids getting subsidized meals at school. They are healthier and learn better, which increases their prospects for breaking the cycle of poverty.

    But I too wonder at the headline. Why wouldn't we want to be last in a poverty measure? If our murder rate were last, would the headline scream out "Utah ranks LAST!"?

    The idea that the meals are free is bothersome. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH! or a free breakfast. SOMEONE has to pay for it. Call it was it is, a subsidized meal.

    It is bothersome that schools try to recruit kids to leave home earlier and spend more time away from their familes so the schools can get more money to feed them. If they were fed at home, the school would not need to incur the cost to feed them and the money would not be needed. it's not like they can funnel some of the money into other programs anyway.

    One thing missing from the article was the possibility that some of Utah's poor receive some type of church assistance, which allows the children breakfast at home with their families.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 21, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    The Vietnam war was to prevent the spread of strong government control.

    Looks like we loss the war.

  • watchman Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    It sounds like we are in a contest to see which state can be more of a nanny in feeding more kids breakfast as school. Just like the CHIP insurance program for kids, the government is always encouraging more people to take advantage of the programs.

    Could it be that the number of participants bring more funding for the program?

    We should be proud that Utah doesn't require as much government help and intervention in our lives.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Jan. 21, 2013 7:53 a.m.

    Government is to big, personal responsibility is to small and children suffer. Congratulations Utah for feeding your own children breakfast!

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    More results from our legislature that featured Chris Buttars and Karl Wimmer?

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 6:38 a.m.

    The school breakfast program is another example of the federal government stepping in and trying to take over parent responsibility, I am not advocating that children go hungry but a bowl of fruit at the front of the classroom would suffice. This program wastes so much it is unbelievable. Each morning I can hear our tax dollars being flushed. It is sad.

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    Jan. 21, 2013 4:46 a.m.

    Breakfast is to be eaten at home and at the parents (not the taxpayers) expense. The more students who do that, THE BETTER. The list should be turned upside down with Utah number 1. Well done Utah.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 21, 2013 3:39 a.m.

    At least Utah has one good bragging point, the kids are healthier and the parents are smarter knowing that school food has no nutrition or health benefits.

    And it means we are wasting fewer tax dollars on foreign aid. All these parents are receiving funds to buy, prepare, and feed their children at home so why are tax payers forced to pay a 3rd time to feed the children of the poor?

    Families on welfare and living in communal homes get paid $3,600(three thousand six hundred dollars a month) each in food stamps and feed theses children so where is all this money going if they are not feeding their children? Then we are also giving these same children WIC funding for food and broth to eat at home and what is all this money being used for? Then these poor children have drive by food wagons on the weekends and holidays daily in summer to get free sandwich to take home and eat with the parents sharing in that bounty. With billions of dollars being handed out for food, then why are the schools and taxpayers spending more money to provide free catered food at schools?

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Jan. 21, 2013 1:51 a.m.

    I am a huge supporter of school lunch and what that has done especially for poor families nationwide, but this is a troubling topic of breakfast. If we parents are too busy to take care of our kids first thing in the morning, then we are in big trouble. The nutritional start is only half the issue. Our kids need a few minutes of our time to ensure they have their homework ready, talk to them about tests that day, etc. If needed, school breakfast should be supported, but parents should not think this is some kind of escape valve that lets them off the hook from their most important job.

    We talk on the one hand of having low test scores and then talk about parents not having the time for another meal. Can't have it both ways...

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Jan. 21, 2013 12:08 a.m.

    My children qualified for reduced price lunches but I thought, I might not be rich but I don't need government welfare for my kids. Then, the school district appealed to parents whose children qualify to take the reduced price lunches because government funding was based upon the number of kids in free and reduced price lunch programs. So even though we don't need this welfare, the government tries to bribe us into getting on the dole so the schools can get more money.

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 11:40 p.m.

    @TruckerRon...you are so right!

    Wow, it seems that those who are so concerned Utah should be feeding breakfast to more children could help educate parents on how to cook a pot of oatmeal, scramble some eggs and pour a glass of skim milk. Those are not expensive to buy or prepare. But it takes time, effort and PLANNING!

    Maybe one of the requirements for children receiving FREE food would be that their parents must enroll in nutrition and food prep classes.

    My goodness, this article makes it sound like there are national bragging rights for the states with the most children receiving this form of welfare.

  • TruckerRon Provo, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 11:11 p.m.

    Shouldn't we be proud of the fact that so many of us are able to provide breakfast at home for our children? That fewer Utah children need to be fed at taxpayer expense?