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All Boston Kids To Get Free Breakfast And Lunch

From a cheering Associated Press:

Family income not a factor as students eat free

By BRIDGET MURPHY | September 6, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Some students toted lunchboxes to the first day of school in Boston this week, but district administrators are expecting that could become a more unusual sight as parents learn about a federal program that is now providing all public school students in the city with free breakfast and lunch.

The nation’s oldest school system has joined a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that has spread to 10 states and the District of Columbia that offers students two free meals every school day, whether or not their families can afford them.

So this is not new. Ten other states and DC are already doing it. And why not?

These kids need to learn as soon as possible that government dependency is good. And what better way to tie them forever to the Democrat Party?

"It’s one less weight and one less burden for parents," said Joshua Rivera, whose son is a second-grader at the Maurice J. Tobin School in Boston’s Roxbury section.

She’s right. Parents shouldn’t be burdened with having to feed their children. That’s the government’s job.

Known as Community Eligibility Option, the program is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Brought to you by the SEIU, who represent the school cafeteria workers. And, of course, the Democrat Party, who get kickbacks from the SEIU.

For schools to qualify, federal officials said, more than 40 percent of students have to be getting food stamps or aid through certain other federal assistance programs.

Except in the ten states and DC and now Boston, where there is not even the pretense of this being about poverty.

Besides easing hunger, school officials said, the program eliminates the expense and time of handling paperwork for students who qualify for reduced or free meals and also helps erase a stigma that plagued some students from poor families…

You see how it saves money?

Efrain Toledano, principal of the Tobin School in Boston, said he expects the program will cut down on potential disruptions at the K-8 school by easing hunger pangs that could be linked to classroom misbehavior…

Yes, hunger pangs are the main reason kids aren’t learning today.

An Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman said students at 58 of the city’s 100 public schools started getting free breakfast and lunch this year under the program. A spokeswoman for District of Columbia Public Schools said 76 out of 111 district schools are part of the program, which started there in the last school year.

In western Michigan, an administrator with Grand Rapids Public Schools said the district has been serving free breakfast and lunch for its 17,000 students since the 2012-2013 school year started…

The SEIU and the Democrat Party never rest.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 6th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “All Boston Kids To Get Free Breakfast And Lunch”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    “It’s one less weight and one less burden for parents….”

    A strange turn of phrase now that we know %22 of the nations children are obese.

    However, these parents only burdon is considering what “Rap” video to watch on their iPad and what kind of rims to buy for their Cadillac Escalade. After all, to hell with what the kids are eating, rather it’s what $300 pair of the latest fashion footwear they need…..,and how can I scam the taxpayer into paying for them.

  2. canary says:

    Kids are packing their lunches because the government food tastes terrible.

  3. eileenlifecoach@gmail.com says:

    Josh Rivera are you for REAL? who do you think pays for the meals? Our taxes do so we ALL do. You want the government to feed your kid? What else do you want the government to do? DRESS HIM?
    Wake up! What is next with our kids if government is making these choices and not us as parents?

  4. mr_bill says:

    Some time back, I was channel-surfing and stopped briefly on the Food channel. Jamie Oliver was on his quest to spread his particular culinary vision. His target in this episode was a burger stand and a school. He had secured the blessing of the principal of the school to teach a class (similar to Home Ec.). He had volunteer students who expressed an interest in the culinary arts and was teaching them to prepare meals that they liked, which were healthy, and prepared from fresh ingredients. To me it sounded very reasonable.

    The lunches were to be sold in competition with the cafeteria, but obviously in more limited quantities than the cafeteria, but still able to feed at least a hundred students. Almost immediately, the cafeteria workers’ union pushed back and the school’s cooperation dried up. The students, who were promised an opportunity to offer their lunches to other students, were suddenly forced to provide service from a cart, outside the cafeteria, in a secluded corner of the courtyard. When Oliver pressed the school to make good on their promise, he was informed that the cafeteria workers’ union had threatened a grievance and they more or less kicked Oliver off the campus. The school administrators refused to comment, the principal became “unavailable” through any means of communication and the class was shut down.

    Now, here was a guy who just wanted to teach kids some skills and provide good quality, tasty lunches. The unions squashed this before it could ever get started. Unions don’t like education (insofar as it imparts actual knowledge to students), they don’t like competition because they might have to work, and they don’t like choice because people would choose to avoid unions.

    They would rather serve sub-standard lunches and eliminate a learning experience for students than have to increase their standards and work. These are the same people who are constantly pleading causes “for the chiiiiillllldren.”

    • Noyzmakr says:

      I, as you, just happened upon what I think was the 1st or 2nd episode of his try at this on, I want to say ABC, about 3 or 4 years ago. He went to a small town in W Va., if memory serves, and they ran him out of town in tears. The radio stations and TV news bimbos were saying he had come to make fun of the overweight populace and change their culture. The latter was true, as far as their culture of frying everything.

      No good deed…..

      A quick Google search revealed my memory is still somewhat intact.


    • mr_bill says:

      I wasn’t aware of the W. VA. incident. The episode I watched was about LA. The school district claims that it’s budget prevents the sort of changes Oliver had suggested, but he worked within those budget constraints. It wasn’t until the union started whining that they banned his cameras from campus.


    • Noyzmakr says:

      You would think that his experience in america may have opened his eyes to the perils of a government that tries to run every aspect of your life. My suspision is, seeing as he rubs elbows with many media elites, he’s probably a good liberal and will just shut up and blame the conservatives.

      A cursory search of his politics finds his recent support for UKIP, described as a Libertarian, non-racist party (I guess Labor and the Torres are racists) seeking Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. But that may only be because they support his culinary efforts in the schools of the UK.

      Who knows…he may have learned something.

  5. untrainable says:

    If the government would just give me a tax credit (QE me) for having not reproduced and burdened myself with the care and feeding of my very own crumb cruncher, and that tax credit was commensurate with all the money I’ve spent in 50 years on taxes that were supposedly used for the chirens… I could retire early a rich man. I could’ve retired years ago a rich man.

    Why are we feeding fat kids? Shouldn’t free food be given only to the scrawny kids? Just a little confused here. They cram 2 meals a day down our kid’s gullets, force innocent taxpayers to pay for not only the food, but the lazy cafeteria union crew and all their unfunded liabilities, and then complain when the kids are fat. Help me out here.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      I too am a childless national hero. We should demand our tax break (QE me…love it).

      I suggest we make our demands known. Your idea of the Not-For-Profit Organization NO FREE FOOD FOR FAT KIDS (NFFFFK) a (501)c3 is excellent chance for you and me to get rich raising money fight hard for the chiiiiildrens.

  6. canary says:

    No photos? No skinny kids? No skinny kids with obese parents who eat all their kids’s food?
    No cheaper by the dozen photos?

  7. GetBackJack says:

    Next it will be Dinner and a Movie.
    Then Sleepovers
    Then Narc on Your Parents Marathon
    Followed by brown shirts and swastikas …

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