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String of snow days deprives many students of food
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Posted on 02/14/2010 6:42:42 PM PST by JoeProBono

TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) -- As back-to-back snowstorms shuttered schools for the week across the mid-Atlantic states, parents fretted about lost learning time, administrators scheduled makeup days and teachers posted assignments online.

But Marla Caplon worried about a more fundamental problem: How would students eat? The two snowstorms that pummeled the region, leaving more than 3 feet of snow in some areas, deprived tens of thousands of children from Virginia to Pennsylvania of the free or reduced-price school lunch that may be their only nutritious meal of the day. The nonprofits that try to meet the need when school is not in session also closed their doors for much of the week, leaving many families looking at bare cupboards. And many parents working hourly jobs were unable to earn any money during the week, as the snow forced businesses to close.

Caplon is a food services supervisor for Montgomery County Public Schools, where about 43,000 children are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Some also get breakfast, dinner and bags of staple foods to take home for the weekend. The snow days meant children would get none of that until Tuesday, because schools are closed Monday for Presidents Day.

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TOPICS: Food
KEYWORDS: food; globalcooling; jpb; maryland; schoollunch; snowmageddon; snowstorm
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1 posted on 02/14/2010 6:42:42 PM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Leeches complaining that they can’t leech for a couple of days.


2 posted on 02/14/2010 6:45:08 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (I was born in America, but now I live in Declinistan.)
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To: JoeProBono

How many died? None?


3 posted on 02/14/2010 6:45:40 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: JoeProBono

Tragic on divergent levels.


4 posted on 02/14/2010 6:45:50 PM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: JoeProBono

The downside of relying on other people to take care of you.


5 posted on 02/14/2010 6:45:53 PM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

No, government drones are afraid that someone will notice that the world goes on even without their tender ministrations.


6 posted on 02/14/2010 6:46:41 PM PST by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: JoeProBono

I am sure if they are this poor their families have ebt cash and food cards.


7 posted on 02/14/2010 6:47:14 PM PST by dforest (Who is the real Jim Thompson? I am.)
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To: JoeProBono

geez! Womb to the Tomb Socialism is such a bitch to keep up with when it snows, huh? Then again, this creates another perfectly good crisis for your local Dhimmies to exploit.

The key word in this article is “may”. As usual it is not the proof one presents, rather the seriousness of the charges...


8 posted on 02/14/2010 6:47:50 PM PST by Bean Counter (I keeps mah feathers numbered, for just such an emergency...)
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To: JoeProBono

Why is it up to me to feed other people’s kids? Typical of the “support our kids” signs seen outside of every polling place for school levy issues.

Entitlement mentality.


9 posted on 02/14/2010 6:47:51 PM PST by datura ("Against all enemies, both foreign and domestic")
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To: JoeProBono

There must be mass starvation during the summer.


10 posted on 02/14/2010 6:47:52 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

For the most part, single moms and illegals. These are who our politicians represent.

Our rulers don’t give a crap about us, except on April 15.


11 posted on 02/14/2010 6:48:42 PM PST by SirJohnBarleycorn
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To: JoeProBono
Montgomery County Public Schools, where about 43,000 children are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

That does not translate into these students going hungry. The schools recruit students into the program to collect federal dollars.

I ate PB and jelly sandwiches in the 50s and 60s. Now the libs would say I was eligible for free lunch, in order to avoid hunger. Bull.

12 posted on 02/14/2010 6:49:16 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there.)
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To: JoeProBono

I would be curious about the obesity rate for recipients of the free school lunch program.


13 posted on 02/14/2010 6:49:26 PM PST by magellan
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To: cripplecreek

14 posted on 02/14/2010 6:49:45 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Put on some layers and walk to the local church food shelf. It’s what all of us poor folk do up in the Upper Midwest.


15 posted on 02/14/2010 6:50:04 PM PST by TypeZoNegative (Pro life & Vegan because I respect all life, Republican because our enemies don't respect ours.)
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To: Bean Counter

16 posted on 02/14/2010 6:52:15 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: brytlea

Brings to mind this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XivNwQ76mCs


17 posted on 02/14/2010 6:52:28 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." Orwell)
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To: JoeProBono
More like this but they're trying to portray it as Donner Pass intermediate school district.

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18 posted on 02/14/2010 6:53:00 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: JoeProBono

Starving?

Typical mainstream media b-s. Creating a crisis when there isn’t any.


19 posted on 02/14/2010 6:53:07 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: JoeProBono

Sounds like Michelle’s wasting no time fixing that childhood obesity problem.


20 posted on 02/14/2010 6:53:28 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
"I ate PB and jelly sandwiches in the 50s and 60s. Now the libs would say I was eligible for free lunch, in order to avoid hunger. Bull."

I'm in my late fiftys. There was no free lunch when I was a young pup. I seem to have survived the ordeal.

21 posted on 02/14/2010 6:54:03 PM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: JoeProBono

Heil Hillary!


22 posted on 02/14/2010 6:54:12 PM PST by Rocky (Obama's policy: A thousand points of lies.)
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To: JoeProBono

DON’T EVER EAT THE YELLOW SNOW!


23 posted on 02/14/2010 6:55:43 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: TypeZoNegative

Angel food ministries is good. Its not free but it is real food (not a bunch of prepackaged garbage) its a good deal and they will take grub stubs.

Unfortunately for the couchtards, they have to get up on a saturday morning and go to a church to get it.


24 posted on 02/14/2010 6:55:58 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: blackbart.223
I seem to have survived the ordeal.

You only think so. In fact, your poor, non subsidized, nutrition has caused you to have blank spots in your memory, along with diminished reasoning capabilities.

25 posted on 02/14/2010 6:57:31 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there.)
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To: JoeProBono

Maybe their fat-butt parents will hoist themselves out of their recliners and actually open a box of cereal for their offspring?

Years ago, I worked at a “summer feeding program” at an elementary school in my neighborhood in SF. Theoretically, we were giving food to poor starving children. In reality, very few children showed up, they obviously weren’t starving , because they threw away most of the food because they didn’t like it (it wasn’t potato chips and Coke, their main diet), and our biggest customers were adults. They’d get up in time to get to the school cafeteria by 11:00 with a stop on their way to buy lottery tickets at the shop down the block.


26 posted on 02/14/2010 6:57:43 PM PST by livius
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To: JoeProBono

This reads like something out of the Third-World. And in the NE no less!


27 posted on 02/14/2010 6:57:57 PM PST by ABQHispConservative (A good Blue Dog is an unelected Blue Dog. Ditto Rino's!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
"DON’T EVER EAT THE YELLOW SNOW!"

Watch out where the Huskies go.

28 posted on 02/14/2010 6:58:24 PM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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29 posted on 02/14/2010 6:59:11 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Gee, I fed my own kids. What a concept.


30 posted on 02/14/2010 6:59:52 PM PST by Lawdoc (My dad married my aunt, so now my cousins are my brothers. Go figure.)
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To: JoeProBono

Goodness know mom and dad can’t scrape up some Ramen Noodles


31 posted on 02/14/2010 7:00:06 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: JoeProBono

I grew up in poverty and yet, somehow my Mom put a lunch in my sack every day. The damn orange would put that big circular divot in the sandwich, but we were fed. For dinner, spaghetti for many, which none of us kids have ever been ever to reproduce.

As always, liberal policies just make people who expect mama gummint to do what is their obligation.

Weak, lazy people with no reason to live.


32 posted on 02/14/2010 7:00:49 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: ABQHispConservative
String of snow days deprives many students of food

Considering how they're planning to ban the sale of dense-nutrition food in school lunchrooms as a way of combating childhood obesity and how a major sector of obesity is among the so-called poor, a string of snow days could be considered by Obama and others as nature's way of trying to slim down her porky human progeny.
33 posted on 02/14/2010 7:00:59 PM PST by aruanan
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To: ABQHispConservative

Bet the parents could just call Domino’s on their cell phones.


34 posted on 02/14/2010 7:01:04 PM PST by AGreatPer (Impeach Obama)
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To: indylindy

exactly. These families have food stamps and other things.


35 posted on 02/14/2010 7:01:08 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: GeronL

36 posted on 02/14/2010 7:01:48 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
The two snowstorms that pummeled the region, leaving more than 3 feet of snow in some areas, deprived tens of thousands of children from Virginia to Pennsylvania of the free or reduced-price school lunch that may be their only nutritious meal of the day.

It's clear to me that we need a government-sponsored program to warm the globe in order to prevent these snowstorms from starving our children in the future.

There ought to be a science to study this...

-PJ

37 posted on 02/14/2010 7:01:52 PM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: cripplecreek

Most districts will have at least one school serving lunch and maybe breakfast during the summer.


38 posted on 02/14/2010 7:02:05 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: Bean Counter
The key word in this article is “may”.

IMO, the key word is "free"...to describe lunch.

39 posted on 02/14/2010 7:02:59 PM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
"You only think so. In fact, your poor, non subsidized, nutrition has caused you to have blank spots in your memory, along with diminished reasoning capabilities."

I often wondered about that. I better go get some government cheese before it is too late.

40 posted on 02/14/2010 7:03:15 PM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: JoeProBono

I like beef flavor


41 posted on 02/14/2010 7:05:50 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: JoeProBono

Providing food is what they are supposed to have parents for. But when you spend your welfare check on dope and trade your food stamps for crack...???


42 posted on 02/14/2010 7:05:57 PM PST by sport
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To: JoeProBono
Just knew this would be the thread where all the compassionate conservatives would be hanging out.

Let's see: We only feed, clothe, provide medical care, and rebuild the schoolrooms of children whose countries we've bombed first.

If the children are on US soil, they can just die. Unless they're preborn babies. Then they have to be born first, and then they can just die.

Have I got this right?

43 posted on 02/14/2010 7:07:45 PM PST by kittykat77
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To: blackbart.223
I hear government cheese is pretty good for some reason...

Just take any bathtub cheese from immigrants

44 posted on 02/14/2010 7:07:46 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: GeronL

I don’t even think I ate those crappy lunches they provided in high school. Not crazy about taco pizza and tater tots every day. Besides, I had to save up for smokes.


45 posted on 02/14/2010 7:08:11 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: anyone

Lot’s of cynicism in this thread. Here’s some reality. My better half was at the gym and her instructor asked my wife if she wouldn’t mind helping out this family. Apparently, a loving husband and wife had four children (2 teens and 2 toddlers). The husband died at a very young age and the mother developed an illness requiring her to be wait listed for a heart lung transplant. Being as sick as she was, she was unable to work. Buying a $600 car for transportation was a tremendous family burden. Fact is, those four kids were already heart-broken and are in a financial position not of their choosing. We have sort of adopted this family and have made it a point to help in any way possible.
Point of all this? It’s easy to lump an entire class of persons into moochers, but behind those classes are individual stories of real heart break and financial destitution and they might just need that little, and I mean little, extra help in the form of a warm school lunch. Sorry if I offended anyone, but as a person of faith, I felt compelled to share that story.


46 posted on 02/14/2010 7:08:22 PM PST by guido911 (Islamic terrorists are members of the "ROP", the "religion of pu*&ies")
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To: kittykat77

Who is dying here? A government agency deseperate to declare itself necessary?


47 posted on 02/14/2010 7:08:45 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Al Gore’s fault.


48 posted on 02/14/2010 7:08:46 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: sport

We had a half acre of garden I worked in during the summers. I learned to love fresh vegetables.


49 posted on 02/14/2010 7:08:54 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: JoeProBono

I like the sign. But it puts another thought into my warped head. I rifle, one round and Bambi = meat for several days if not for a month.


50 posted on 02/14/2010 7:08:57 PM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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