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  •  My mom is the manager of food services at (34+ / 0-)

    an elementary school and could tell you heartbreaking stories all day. For some kids, the free lunch they get at school is the only meal they get all day.  They don't care if their food came in a brown bag or a styrofoam tray. They just care that they eat.

    What a fucking asshole Paul Ryan is.

    "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

    by yg17 on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 10:26:11 AM PST

    •  ^^^THIS^^^ (7+ / 0-)

      They are HUNGRY! Feed all kids the same and there will be no hard feelings, and no hungry feelings!

      Stop with the purity trolling!

      by Penny GC on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:18:08 AM PST

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    •  I am glad that your mom is there for them! (7+ / 0-)

      Our local paper did a story about whether school systems would deny lunch to children with lunch accounts in arrears. One school district would call children aside and deny them lunch after serving them. The others who had the policy claimed they actually wouldn't deny the meal. Our school district said absolutely not for denying meals and in fact they actually have a SW who helps families qualify for free/reduced lunches.

      Our school district also forgives balances due because it is viewed as important that kids are fed so they can learn.

      Anyone who argues that child hunger is a character builder is lacking in the moral compass department. Caring for the sick, feeding the hungry and clothing the poor are all basic moral obligations we owe each other in society.

      •  Some schools just feed everyone (3+ / 0-)
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        I believe here something like 85% of the students qualify for free breakfast and lunch. It's easier to just feed everyone, without having to sort out who's supposed to pay, what to do with kids who keep "forgetting" to bring in the money, etc. etc. -- and you don't need to pay a cashier.

      •  At my mom's school, students who are in the red (0+ / 0-)

        by a certain amount get a cheese sandwich, so at least no one goes without. I know she'd prefer to give them a full meal but that rule comes from way above her and was there when I went to school in the same district many years ago.

        The sad thing is, she says there are a lot of kids who would qualify for free lunches (full lunch, not the cheese sandwich) but the parents never turn in the paperwork for it. Don't know if they don't have time to fill it out, they're lazy, or have too much pride to ask for help. Whatever their reasoning is, it's their kids who go without and suffer in the long term.

        "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

        by yg17 on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 03:06:10 PM PST

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    •  Most kids... (4+ / 0-)
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      get to look at a snow day as a day off from school. Poor children see it as a day they will go without a meal.

      "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

      by JackND on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 12:59:37 PM PST

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      •  Ryan would tell them to eat the snow (0+ / 0-)

        even if it's yellow. (Unless the snow is on his lawn, then you'll get shot if you try.)

        "Takes more than guns to kill a man" Joe Hill

        by sajiocity on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 02:16:30 PM PST

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      •  I lived in a poor neighborhood, still do, but a (0+ / 0-)

        different one.  There was a church behind my house, and the choir used to sing outside on the steps on sunday mornings.  One day the paster asked me if it bothered me.  Apparently someone in the neighborhood had complained and he probably thought it was me.  It was an all black church, by the way, and I am white. I told him no, I loved the music and keep it up.  He invited me to come over on saturday to their clothes closet and help myself, which I did.  That church used to also make sandwiches and fruit lunches for the kids in the neighborhood during the summer so the kids wouldn't go hungry.  Really good people in that neighborhood, a mixed race neighborhood, black, white, hispanic and some Vietnames.  Good ones in this one too, but mostly white, and alot of rednecks who vote republican even though they want to take the food out of their kids mouths.  Sad to see such ignorance.

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