Family income not a factor as students eat free

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  • freedomforthepeople Sandy, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    This creates bondage and makes families less capable. It is tempting when you have high rates of free lunch to not have to do the paperwork (the process is nightmarishly awful), so I can see many schools fall into doing this. It will be VERY tempting. Parents don't even have to order the free lunch under this system. Waste will be astronomical. Basically, the schools order a lunch for every student and the requirement is that they hand it to the student. The student can then turn around and put it in the trash (which happens ALL the time - many times every day at the schools I am associated with). The school officials CANNOT withhold the lunch, even if the student says "I am not going to eat any of that". They are REQUIRED to hand the lunch to the student, or the government won't reimburse for it and the school will pay. The are also not allowed to give leftover lunches (for students who are absent) to anyone but must throw them away. This is teaching our kids the absolute WORST lessons - expect people to take care of you, and be wasteful if you want to be.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Sept. 8, 2013 7:40 a.m.

    We feed the military. Why not students?

    It is just more efficient if most schools eat the lunch prepared by the school. No one is forgetting lunch or rushing to make it. Not just a money thing when they say one less thing to worry about.

    School is less than half a year. 180 out of 365 days.

  • Sorry Charlie! SLC, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    not fair how dare I not benefit directly from every dime of tax money? Why does someone else get something I don't? I am so picked on by these kids.

  • Californian#[email protected] San Francisco, CA
    Sept. 6, 2013 4:20 p.m.

    -- "It's one less weight and one less burden for parents," said Joshua Rivera, whose son is a second-grader at the Maurice J. Tobin School in Boston's Roxbury section. --

    What other "weights" and "burdens" of parenthood is Uncle Sam going to take over from Mommy and Daddy? Once upon a time (I can remember from my own 20th century childhood), people had kids with the expectation that they'd have to feed, clothe, and house the little darlings. Not to mention teach them civil behavior, hygiene, social relationships, and essential life skills like cooking an egg or swimming. Who needs to worry about all those "weights" and "burdens" anymore, with Uncle Sam, other benevolent government overseers, and private charities making sure no one is "underprivileged"?

    Every Latter-day Saint knows the tired old joke. Q: Why do Mormon women stop having kids at 35? A: Because 35 is enough, even for them!

    No longer. I love kids. Why wouldn't I decide to have 38 or 40 if knew their kindly, generous taxpaying neighbors would take care of them regardless of how needy or prosperous, conscientious or irresponsible I might be?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 6, 2013 2:35 p.m.

    We don't feed the animals at Yellowstone National Park, because they will become dependent on people feeding them, and will not survive if left to fend for themselves.

    The people of America cannot survive without government being mommy, and daddy. Over half our population cannot feed themselves.

    Transformation in progress!

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    Don't worry children. Uncle Sam is here to take care of you. Uncle Sam gives everything to you for "free". That's "fair".

    Maybe the children and parents should be reminded how much the meals costs, and where the tax money came from.

    Once the government has a firm grasp on school lunches, then they will tell our kids how much they can eat, when they can eat, what they can eat, and tell the kids that they owe the government for being so kind and generous. They won't tell the kids that the money came from the last few americans that actually work and pay taxes.

    But, I guess there isn't a national debt crisis after all. Heck, we can afford to go to war with Syria and delve into someone elses civil war. bo preached how evil President Bush was for going to the bank of china and using the credit card to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But all of the wars and murders bo is committing is A okay with the media.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    We absolutely must teach our children at a young age to be dependent on free government cheese.
    How else will politicians be relevant without some sort of largesse to dangle in front of voters?
    Hillary's Village advances apace.