Parents complain summer food program wastes food

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  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    July 8, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    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.

  • bw00ds Tucson, AZ
    July 8, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    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.

  • Maudine SLC, UT
    July 8, 2013 6:40 a.m.

    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.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    July 8, 2013 4:05 a.m.

    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.

  • Economist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 7, 2013 5:18 p.m.

    Sounds like a 1st World Problem to me, really...
    Seems as if some Parents would rather complain instead of doing something about teaching their children how to save and eat for later. Learn to adapt or do without...