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  •  Jesus & the Black Panthers wept!!!!! I am (1+ / 0-)
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    typically a very mellow being but reading about the cuts and/or the asinine draconian "rules" still in place regarding food stamps, etc seriously pisses me off.

    Firstly, re school lunch programs.  Are USDA fundings no longer in place in public school???  

    I am thinking they are.  So I call BS to any freaking political figure trying to drop the free/reduced breakfast & lunch programs.  Or use the expense excuse.   If they take the USDA money then they have to use it according to USDA guidelines.

    Are there any Black Panthers around anymore?  It is thanks to them that our nation's public schools even have the free/reduced meal programs..

    This program cannot be done away with-far too many of our nation's children rely on this program for their meals.  And have for over 40 years.

    I'm further pissed to hear the same shite about food stamps that was in place in the 1980's.  The other commenter is so correct-systems are broken & the same can is still being kicked down the road for someone else to address.

    Unbelievable.

    •  PS: AZ could try taking some initiative & (1+ / 0-)
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      check out what some other states are doing through the
      Farm to School Program.

      What is the Farm to School program? This program was established to help provide healthy and nutritious food to school children while also providing local farmers with consistent and dependable outlets for their products. The Farm to School program started in 1996 as a grassroots movement and now has over 2,000 active programs in 40 states. The farm to school program also plays on the trend of locally grown food. According to the Farm Bill, a local food is a product that is raised, produced, distributed, and transported within 400 miles of its origin.

      How does this benefit the children? The farm to school program gives school children a chance to experience locally grown fresh and nutritious produce. The children also get an opportunity to learn about what is produced locally throughout the year and taste some of the best quality produce locally offered

      My county (largest school district in state) started participating in 2010.  In Georgia....

      •  Feeling very snarky tonight. If newt gets elected (3+ / 0-)

        he'll make sure that the only way the kids get to eat the farm food is if they harvest it themselves.

        "We're here to start a dialog, nothing more. We keep quiet and let the press, the politicians, and the Wall Streeters hang themselves." From a veteran protester in the civil rights days at Liberty Park. h/t to pistols at dawn.

        by mrsgoo on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 09:08:27 PM PST

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        •  No, no no... (Even Snarkier) (3+ / 0-)
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          They'll harvest the food, and they will be paid per bushel harvested.

          THEN they can pay for it if they so choose at retail cost.

          Once their check clears of course. (The kids DO have two forms of photo ID and a checking account, right?)

          Transportation to the bank?  What are you, some kind of communist?

          /snark

          One of these days, I'm gonna learn that I'm only really good at convincing people when I'm being a wiseass. Reviewtopia.net

          by detroitmechworks on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 10:14:40 PM PST

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    •  There's a new program on the way (0+ / 0-)

      and it's causing some anxiety. Conservatives have a hard time because their habit of indirection keeps them from identifying what they're actually pissed about.
      I've written a post about it here

      The gist is that, instead of making each family prove they qualify and keeping tabs on their income, the Obama Administration is proposing to use census data to identify communities in need and then, if the school serves a community that qualifies, then all the children in the school will get lunch (a healthy lunch), regardless of whether some parents are rich.

      The savings in time and humiliation and useless record keeping will be significant at the cost of some rich kids getting free food.

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 01:35:32 AM PST

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