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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 9, 2014 3:09 p.m.


    Your 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.

    "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 socialism"...

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 8, 2014 2:43 p.m.

    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?


    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.

  • Darrel Eagle Mountain, UT
    July 7, 2014 9:18 a.m.

    @2 bits

    I 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.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 7, 2014 8:42 a.m.

    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.