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.