Skip to comments.String of snow days deprives many students of food
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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Leeches complaining that they can’t leech for a couple of days.
How many died? None?
Tragic on divergent levels.
The downside of relying on other people to take care of you.
No, government drones are afraid that someone will notice that the world goes on even without their tender ministrations.
I am sure if they are this poor their families have ebt cash and food cards.
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...
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.
There must be mass starvation during the summer.
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.
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.
I would be curious about the obesity rate for recipients of the free school lunch program.
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.
Brings to mind this video
Typical mainstream media b-s. Creating a crisis when there isn’t any.
Sounds like Michelle’s wasting no time fixing that childhood obesity problem.
I'm in my late fiftys. There was no free lunch when I was a young pup. I seem to have survived the ordeal.
DON’T EVER EAT THE YELLOW SNOW!
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.
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.
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.
This reads like something out of the Third-World. And in the NE no less!
Watch out where the Huskies go.
Gee, I fed my own kids. What a concept.
Goodness know mom and dad can’t scrape up some Ramen Noodles
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.
Bet the parents could just call Domino’s on their cell phones.
exactly. These families have food stamps and other things.
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...
Most districts will have at least one school serving lunch and maybe breakfast during the summer.
IMO, the key word is "free"...to describe lunch.
I often wondered about that. I better go get some government cheese before it is too late.
I like beef flavor
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...???
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?
Just take any bathtub cheese from immigrants
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.
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.
Who is dying here? A government agency deseperate to declare itself necessary?
Al Gore’s fault.
We had a half acre of garden I worked in during the summers. I learned to love fresh vegetables.
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.
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