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Have you heard of the cheese sandwich controversy? Aren't these the same people wanting free healthcare?

The "village" is dishing out free lunch. Unfortunately, the natives are restless because the only provision on the collective cauldron is a "cold cheese sandwich." School districts all across America are under attack over the sandwich, fruit and carton of milk provided gratis for students without lunch money or those who fail to pay the tab for charged lunches. The initiative is called the "cheese sandwich policy" implemented as an effort to prevent children from going hungry, while insuring the district's budget remains unstrained.

Tearful mothers pleaded with school districts to stop singling out children by feeding them cheese sandwiches. Students are vowing, they "...will never eat sliced cheese again" after having to eat them as a "courtesy meal." Cheese sandwich anger is palpable and is being interpreted as a "singling out or punishment" of poor children.


Asked by Anonymous at 9:06 AM on Mar. 6, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (13)
  • Oh, for crying out loud! There are kids all over the world that would love to have that cheese sandwich!

    If the parents aren't going to send lunch money/pay lunch debt then MAKE A LUNCH. School districts are too strapped for cash to be giving away lunch because someone didn't apply for free/reduced/ send lunch money/pay bill or make a lunch.

    To those parents: It is YOUR fault if your kid gets embarrassed! Be thankful the school didn't make them go hungry.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:36 AM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • A cold cheese sandwich is your slap in the face reality on your new American lunch tray.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:07 AM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • Really? Our school district has a lot of free lunch kids and they are offered 3 different options. Hot lunch ( just like everyone else) or a sandwich ( just like everyone else) and something else (cant remember what it is). THey are not treated differently and no one knows. Of course the lunch prices for the other kids is well over $2. I think thats unreal, but I see why now.

    Answer by momofsaee at 9:23 AM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • momofsaee- this isn't for kids on free lunch. Those kids get the same meals as everyone else. The cheese sandwich (which is used in my school district) is given to kids who are NOT on free or reduced lunch and have negative balances on their lunch accounts. My sons school allows 5 charges. After that, it's a cheese sandwich until the parents pay their bill. I have no problem with it. If you can't afford lunch money, apply for the free or reduced lunch program. If you don't qualify, give your kid some damn lunch money or pack their lunch. The parents are making their kids the embarressment, not the schools.

    Answer by MissAlisabeth at 9:33 AM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • I have not been keeping up with what is going on with school lunches, but where is this and do they have to eat a cheese sandwich every day? Can you provide more information about this, a link or something?

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:34 AM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • Your post is simply not true. Free lunch program is a good idea. It is only meal of the day for some kids.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:34 AM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • Just yesterday they aired the story about lunch for needy kids. I didn't see anybody complaining.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:54 AM on Mar. 6, 2009


    Here is a story that aired on my local news. Again, it's not for kids on free or reduced lunch. If they can't afford lunch all they have to do is APPLY for the free lunch program. They are giving the cheese sandwiches to kids not on free or reduced lunch who have a debt to the school for not paying for their lunch.

    Answer by MissAlisabeth at 10:08 AM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • Oh good GOD, I work in a schools cafeteria. And the Cheese sandwhich is for any student that doesn't pay for lunch because they ran out of money and the parents didn't send any money in. It's NOT the free or reduced lunch program. The free and reduced lunch program, the kids get the same meal as everybody else. The parents that are bitching are just pissed off because they are too damn lazy to make their kids lunch and WON'T pay for meals. At our school if a child doesn't have money on their card, then they get a peanut butter sandwhich and can help themselves to the salad bar. WE do not allow meals to be charged because that is taken advantage of big time, and the schools suffer financial for it.

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 10:20 AM on Mar. 6, 2009

  • It's not for those who are on the reduced or free meal program it's for those who haven't paid for their lunches and have a negative balance. I know our school district was doing cheese and crackers so they would probably appreciate a cheese sandwich!

    Answer by ashandamymom at 10:40 AM on Mar. 6, 2009