524 schools — out of about 100,000 — drop out of national lunch program

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  • liahona Westbank, BC
    Sept. 30, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    Since when is it the government's responsibility to feed school kids? The USA is going to end up like Greece - soon you'll see rioting in the streets by people demanding that government continue to take care of them. Any self respecting person needs to wean themselves off of socialize government. And those that don't - well it's the survival of the fittest.

  • supertbone Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 6:38 a.m.

    A lot of additional government education dollars get sent to schools that have certain levels of kid on free lunches. This program called Title I is geared to schools where there is higher levels of poverty. Recently one such Title 1 school, Central Elementary School, was awarded the only Blue Ribbon School award in Utah in 2013.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 29, 2013 9:45 p.m.

    How sad when our people must be taught how to eat properly.

    We're not an educated society. Are we?

    No matter how you spin it, it's a hand-out.

    I took drivers-ed in high school, but didn't receive a car for it.

  • PG #1 FAN Lindon, UT
    Sept. 29, 2013 9:23 p.m.

    This is a great program. With obesity as our greatest health crisis, what could be more important that educating and helping develop healthy eating habits in our youngest citizens. Michelle Obama should be lauded in her efforts to encourage healthy eating and exercise in our youth. Some here in Utah may not like the messenger but the message is a good one. Obesity has become the greatest health crisis in the United States. Changing the eating and exercising habits of our youngest citizens is terribly important and will save more dollars in preventive medical care than the cost of better food. This isn't a handout, this will benefit our society for generations to come.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 29, 2013 7:37 p.m.

    Wow! 500,000 schools feeding our children, plus fifty million people collecting food stamps? Each food stamp feeds about three.

    Have we got to the point where Americans can't feed themselves?

    Then there's unemployment benefits, disability, and other handouts.

    This country is self-destructing.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Sept. 29, 2013 6:09 p.m.

    From the article: "In an effort to stem high childhood obesity levels, the new guidelines set limits on calories and salt, and phase in more whole grains in federally subsidized meals served in schools' main lunch line."

    This is a good goal, but it is beneficial only if children are actually eating the food. The real issue with childhood obesity, however, is the current activity level -- or lack thereof. Too much screen time and too little outside time. Every parent & educator needs to read Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Sept. 29, 2013 4:39 p.m.

    "But USDA says the vast majority of schools are serving healthier food,..."

    Note that words mean things and this is not the same as saying "The majority of STUDENTS are EATING healthier foods."

    The government should just get out of the school breakfast, lunch and dinner business entirely. If a district wants to provide free or low cost meals, let them do so. It is not worth borrowing money from China, for these kids to pay back for decades to come. Parents are responsible for feeding their kids, and if they need charity help, it is up to a local or state entity to address that, preferably a non-governmental entity, such as a church, or YMCA, NAACP, etc.