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  •  I am glad that your mom is there for them! (7+ / 0-)

    Our local paper did a story about whether school systems would deny lunch to children with lunch accounts in arrears. One school district would call children aside and deny them lunch after serving them. The others who had the policy claimed they actually wouldn't deny the meal. Our school district said absolutely not for denying meals and in fact they actually have a SW who helps families qualify for free/reduced lunches.

    Our school district also forgives balances due because it is viewed as important that kids are fed so they can learn.

    Anyone who argues that child hunger is a character builder is lacking in the moral compass department. Caring for the sick, feeding the hungry and clothing the poor are all basic moral obligations we owe each other in society.

    •  Some schools just feed everyone (3+ / 0-)
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      aitchdee, gramofsam1, BusyinCA

      I believe here something like 85% of the students qualify for free breakfast and lunch. It's easier to just feed everyone, without having to sort out who's supposed to pay, what to do with kids who keep "forgetting" to bring in the money, etc. etc. -- and you don't need to pay a cashier.

    •  At my mom's school, students who are in the red (0+ / 0-)

      by a certain amount get a cheese sandwich, so at least no one goes without. I know she'd prefer to give them a full meal but that rule comes from way above her and was there when I went to school in the same district many years ago.

      The sad thing is, she says there are a lot of kids who would qualify for free lunches (full lunch, not the cheese sandwich) but the parents never turn in the paperwork for it. Don't know if they don't have time to fill it out, they're lazy, or have too much pride to ask for help. Whatever their reasoning is, it's their kids who go without and suffer in the long term.

      "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

      by yg17 on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 03:06:10 PM PST

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