Lunch-aid bill feeds an essential need

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2013 - 2:33 PM

Betty White knows we’re not ourselves when we’re hungry. Not that Snickers are the answer.

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viqueenfailFeb. 18, 13 8:59 PM

I'm absolutely appalled at the thought of turning away a child in the lunch line. I'm not a big fan of increased taxes, but if the legislature doesn't do something about this I hope that someone can establish a fund that I can contribute to.

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NikoreFeb. 18, 13 9:24 PM

Nobody wants kids to go hungry, they are innocent in all this. But to provide 40 cents so your kid can have lunch? Good Lord, at what point are you to be responsible for your own kids. BTW I have children and got 40 cent reduced lunch when I was in school.

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murray4Feb. 18, 1310:10 PM

I worked for years in a lunchroom at a school. What I saw was kids getting their free and reduced lunches and then going over to the ala carte line with their $20 bills to buy crap. I'm sorry, but as usual, many of these families do not have their priorities in line. Many of them had better cell phones than I did, better clothes, and I knew where they lived and they had satellite dishes & were big time smokers. But, we just keep letting these people get by without having to be responsible for their own children. Many times the children didn't have lunch money just because the family was not on top of things. Families now have to be spoon fed everything--they can't even do the simplest things without being coached and told what to do-it's sad & pathetic-just ask anyone who works in school districts!! But hey, don't worry-I will just have to pay more taxes to cover all of this.

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mglovettFeb. 18, 1310:28 PM

There has to be some parental responsibility. forty cents for your childs lunch? And you make 42,000? I will gladly help those who can't help themselves, but I cannot help those who won't help themselves. Prioritize.

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boomerchickFeb. 19, 13 9:02 AM

I doubt many people will agree with this, but I think the best solution would be to provide lunch at no cost to all students (yes, of course it would cost more and yes, I'm willing to pay my share even though I no longer have kids in school). We don't expect school personnel to figure out which students qualify for free or reduced-price text books, or transportation, or gym uniforms, so why expect them to do so for the lunch program? A lot of time and effort is spent trying to ensure every possible family is signed up, plus time spent by well-meaning advocates in often vain attempts to "match up" free and reduced-price lunch students with other programs they might qualify for, such as medical assistance. Time spent on these administrative tasks is time not spent on the school's core mission.

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NikoreFeb. 19, 1310:36 AM

I am sure this won't go over at all. But how about we completely have the schools get out of the business to having to feed these kids and apparently everything else that goes with it and spend that money and energy on actually teaching kids. My kids eat a healthy breakfast at home and bring a lunch we pack for them. That way we can be responsible for making sure our kids are fed and have some control what they are eating.

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comment229Feb. 20, 13 4:57 AM

"There has to be some parental responsibility" I find it ironic, that some people can make a statement like this, but cannot extrapolate this fact to the entire spectrum of public education. Now, all you education bashers out there, let's find a way to make this problem the fault of the schools.

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comment229Feb. 20, 13 5:00 AM

You will never know, but I do, that there are at least two families with children who get reduced lunch prices because of the income levels reiterated in this article. There primary source of income? teaching.

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comment229Feb. 20, 13 5:04 AM

Finally, we have seen the entire scope of thought here, from free lunch for all; no questions asked, to drop the entire lunch program entirely. I never ever heard of the free lunch idea before, but maybe it is time? I also agree 100% with the cafeteria worker who sees the abuse to the system.

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marathongirlFeb. 20, 13 2:15 PM

When is it going to stop? More money, more money, more money and the education still keeps going down. I just had a referendum pass to raise my taxes so the school could provide iPads for all freshmen. Awesome spending of my money...I don't even have an iPad myself...(or kids in school nor will I have but I do believe that we need to educate the population, but things need to change) but think how many lunches those could've provided. This article doesn't hit on the whole thing either though. Remember, this is people that qualify for 40 cent meals, so they are already getting a reduction in the...well one friend said her kids meals are $1.80 per day, so we'll go with that, so they already have tax payers cover $1.40 per day of the meal. And it tends to be those situations that also have more and more kids and more and more help from the state, ie taxpayers. Personal responsiblity needs to be pushed back on EVERYONE. Don't live outside your means. Don't have kids you can't afford to care for. Don't buy houses you can't expect to pay the mortgage on. Etc, etc, etc...

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