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Are Students Entitled to Free Lunches Just Because?

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When I was in public school, you had three choices for lunch.  Pay for lunch at the school cafeteria, bring your lunch from home or go hungry.  The school was not responsible for feeding a student who forgets their lunch or didn’t have money to buy one.

It was called ‘responsibility.’  Students and their parents were supposed to be responsible for providing for themselves.  For most of my public school days, I got up early enough to fix my own lunch.  The days I felt lazy and too tired to pack my own lunch, I went hungry.  I was responsible for my lunch, not the school.  Whenever I was given money to buy lunch at the school cafeteria, I thought I was living the good life.

In today’s world of entitlements and liberal sociology, it seems that it’s everyone’s responsibility to provide for a student when they and their parents fail to do so.  Students are no longer being taught responsibility and evidently, neither are their parents.

Case in point is what happened at Coelho Middle School in Attleboro, Massachusetts.  The school covers grades 5 through 8.  On Tuesday, the school denied lunch to as many as 25 students because they could not pay for the meal or their pre-paid lunch cards were out of funds.  Some students in the cafeteria line received their food, but when they got to the cash register, they were told that they could not eat it because of lack of funds.  In most cases, the meals were tossed in the garbage, because they had already been served and could not be put back according to health codes.

It was reported that some students actually cried when they were denied a free lunch.  One parent reported that her son offered to share his lunch with a girl in line with him who began crying when she was told to dump hers because of lack of funds.  Another parent, John Greaves was incensed that his daughter was told to throw her lunch away because she had no way of paying for it.  He said that people in prison get fed but that his honor student daughter was going hungry.

Whitson’s Culinary Group is the company that runs the school cafeteria.  The local site director for Coelho Middle School was placed on administrative leave because of what happened.  Pia Durkin, school superintendent said that the cafeteria workers failed to follow policy of providing a cheese sandwich and glass of milk to any student that can’t pay for a lunch.  She promised that no student will ever go hungry again.

So what does all this teach the students?  When you can’t pay your own way or not responsible enough to pay, you should expect the system to pay and provide for you.  If John Greaves was so upset because his honor student went hungry, I question to him is why didn’t you provide your honor student with the funds to pay for her lunch like a responsibly parent should?  Where does he get off expecting the school to do be responsible when he’s not?

The school district says that they currently have a deficit of $1,800 for delinquent student accounts.  At a time when so many school districts have to make drastic financial cuts including laying off teachers, every dollar is precious.  I hate to see kids go hungry, but blame the parents and the students, not the school.  If the parents don’t have the money for the cafeteria lunches, then they should see that their kids pack a lunch like millions of us have done for years.

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by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 7:49 AM
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desertlvn
by Silver Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:35 AM
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*nods head*

If you look at it at a more basic level you realize that children who don't receive adequate nutrition don't have normal brain development, which hurts society as much as it hurts children.

I just don't think the schools should be responsible for paying for those free lunches. 

Quoting Woodbabe:

When you step back and examine this issue on a higher level, providing a lunch makes much more sense. On a basic level a hungry child cannot learn, and they're going to be disruptive to the learning environment for everyone else. On the broader level, a country cannot move forward without educating its children...its what sets us apart from second and third world countries. If we don't have an educated population, people can't work and contribute to society. 



IhaveHisjoy
by Silver Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:41 AM

 I think throwing out the food was very wrong. I'm guessing all the kids that didn't get fed that day came from families that could afford to pay..kids that aren't going hungry at home...or they would be on the free lunch program.

The school should have sent out letters saying your child will not receive hot lunch until you pay up..then have someone in the front of the line checking.

I don't believe any of those kids were going to starve by missing one lunch. The parents should be embarrassed and ashamed for neglecting their kids..not the school, imo.

GeekMommi
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Speaking of prisons... why don't you people stop picking on kids and go after prisoners, they get lots of free lunches!


Quoting christina0607:


Quoting IhartU:

 

Quoting GirlWithANikon:

I agree, it is not the school or state's responsibility to feed your child. Some prisons make their inmates work for their keep but but everyone wants something fr free these days so that is an invalid argument; i guess.

 Those kids are 'working' by learning and doing school work in order to get an education to better our Country.  It's a DAMN shame that people who commit crimes and are the dregs of society get every thing for FREE and the public school kids get nothing.

I can't stand this analogy of school to prison. First of all public school kids hardly get "nothing", that statement is amazingly sickening. Second school is a choice we make. As parents we spend countless hours deciding where and how to educate our children. To even compare that to the unlawful choice of screwing up and being sent to prison is incomprehensible. 



christina0607
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:44 AM

*scratches head...and nods*

Quoting GeekMommi:

Speaking of prisons... why don't you people stop picking on kids and go after prisoners, they get lots of free lunches!


Quoting christina0607:


Quoting IhartU:

 

Quoting GirlWithANikon:

I agree, it is not the school or state's responsibility to feed your child. Some prisons make their inmates work for their keep but but everyone wants something fr free these days so that is an invalid argument; i guess.

 Those kids are 'working' by learning and doing school work in order to get an education to better our Country.  It's a DAMN shame that people who commit crimes and are the dregs of society get every thing for FREE and the public school kids get nothing.

I can't stand this analogy of school to prison. First of all public school kids hardly get "nothing", that statement is amazingly sickening. Second school is a choice we make. As parents we spend countless hours deciding where and how to educate our children. To even compare that to the unlawful choice of screwing up and being sent to prison is incomprehensible. 




Make someone happy today, mind your own business.

momtoscott
by Platinum Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:45 AM
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Much as I despise parents who don't give their kids money for lunch, or food for lunch, the children need to be fed so that they can learn.  The needs of the children absolutely trump the ethics, or lack thereof, of the parents.  

fireangel5
by Gold Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:45 AM
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Sadly there are many that are in the midst of a cradle to grave expectation. They are the 2nd generation, at least to experience this. My students get free lunches and in some cases. free breakfast. Yet their parent (s) receive food stamps. I always thought food stamps were to feed the kids, they get more for each kid in the house. These same students come into class with cheeto's, chips, full size candy bars, bottled juices, the bottled Starbucks coffee drinks, etc. It baffles me. I pack my sons lunch daily, we can't afford to purchase lunch. He doesn't get chips daily, he certainly doesn't get full size candy. He gets fruit, non name brand yogurt, a sandwich, water and some carrots, or some variety similar. 

I feed him breakfast each morning also. Usually cereal and toast or toasted cheese. We don't have extra $ for goodies and daily treats. Maybe I've been doing it wrong all of these years........


Woodbabe
by Woodie on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:47 AM
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So we should do away with the free lunch program? You do understand that in many impoverished areas, this meal at school is the ONLY mean some kids get all day? We all pay school taxes (well those of us who actually own homes/property) and part of that goes to fund free school lunches for those who need it. If you sincerely believe poor children are of no value and don't deserve to eat, please...feel free to petition your local government and press the issue.

Quoting desertlvn:

*nods head*

If you look at it at a more basic level you realize that children who don't receive adequate nutrition don't have normal brain development, which hurts society as much as it hurts children.

I just don't think the schools should be responsible for paying for those free lunches. 

Quoting Woodbabe:

When you step back and examine this issue on a higher level, providing a lunch makes much more sense. On a basic level a hungry child cannot learn, and they're going to be disruptive to the learning environment for everyone else. On the broader level, a country cannot move forward without educating its children...its what sets us apart from second and third world countries. If we don't have an educated population, people can't work and contribute to society. 




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candlegal
by Judy on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:48 AM

I would be willing to bet the school did send out letters and the parents didn't pay any attention to them.


Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 I think throwing out the food was very wrong. I'm guessing all the kids that didn't get fed that day came from families that could afford to pay..kids that aren't going hungry at home...or they would be on the free lunch program.

The school should have sent out letters saying your child will not receive hot lunch until you pay up..then have someone in the front of the line checking.

I don't believe any of those kids were going to starve by missing one lunch. The parents should be embarrassed and ashamed for neglecting their kids..not the school, imo.


christina0607
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:48 AM

This specific school actually has very few kids on the free lunch program. No one in this school is starving. 

The school couldn't have sent out a letter as they had no idea Whitsons was going to do this. They found out at the first lunch period and then made an announcement to all later lunches. Some kids were able to call home and have lunch brought to them, others not. 

The lunch people are not employees of the school and without notice their hands were really tied at that point. 

Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 I think throwing out the food was very wrong. I'm guessing all the kids that didn't get fed that day came from families that could afford to pay..kids that aren't going hungry at home...or they would be on the free lunch program.

The school should have sent out letters saying your child will not receive hot lunch until you pay up..then have someone in the front of the line checking.

I don't believe any of those kids were going to starve by missing one lunch. The parents should be embarrassed and ashamed for neglecting their kids..not the school, imo.


Make someone happy today, mind your own business.

christina0607
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:49 AM

No they didn't send out letters, but how could they, they had no idea.

Every one of these parents knows their owed money. If they didn't then they surely needed a kick in the ass anyway. 

Quoting candlegal:

I would be willing to bet the school did send out letters and the parents didn't pay any attention to them.


Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 I think throwing out the food was very wrong. I'm guessing all the kids that didn't get fed that day came from families that could afford to pay..kids that aren't going hungry at home...or they would be on the free lunch program.

The school should have sent out letters saying your child will not receive hot lunch until you pay up..then have someone in the front of the line checking.

I don't believe any of those kids were going to starve by missing one lunch. The parents should be embarrassed and ashamed for neglecting their kids..not the school, imo.



Make someone happy today, mind your own business.

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