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String of snow days deprives many students of food
Associated Press ^ | February 13, 2010 | Sarah Karush

Posted on 02/13/2010 4:14:42 PM PST by reaganaut1

TAKOMA PARK, Md. – 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.

"We've been bothered by this all week," Caplon said.

So Caplon arranged for Manna Food Center, a local food bank whose board she chairs, to bring boxes of food Friday to two still-closed elementary schools. Officials used the school district's automated phone system to notify parents of the distribution.

At Rolling Terrace Elementary School, a stream of people walked up to a Manna truck in the school's bus bay Friday. They filled plastic shopping bags with cans of soup, vegetables and beans, ground beef and Rice Krispy Treats.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: food; schoollunch; schoollunches; snowmageddon
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I wonder to what extent school lunch programs encourage parents to think that feeding their children is not their responsibility, and also how many of the children and parents are legally in the U.S.
1 posted on 02/13/2010 4:14:43 PM PST by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1
Let them eat snow or tell their parents to stop smoking and buying liquor
2 posted on 02/13/2010 4:17:02 PM PST by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: reaganaut1

Wow those libs just don’t ever give up the bs leftist spin do they? New Headline: Massive Snowstorm, Minorities and Women hardest hit....


3 posted on 02/13/2010 4:17:16 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: reaganaut1

Gee, WWPD? (What would Plato do?)
Maybe we ought to put them in school full time, 24/7, to make sure they’re fed and watered properly.
Can’t trust their sires and dams with the nation’s tender lambs.


4 posted on 02/13/2010 4:18:34 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (STOP the Tyrananny State.)
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5 posted on 02/13/2010 4:19:44 PM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: reaganaut1

Nanny state alert.


6 posted on 02/13/2010 4:21:39 PM PST by dr_who
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To: reaganaut1

Another entitlement bites the lefties in the ass.


7 posted on 02/13/2010 4:21:56 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Political Correctness Will Get Us All Killed)
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To: Fido969

Should make Ms. Obama Happy. They might lose some weight.


8 posted on 02/13/2010 4:22:58 PM PST by screaminsunshine
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To: reaganaut1

So the trucks can get there to deliver food, but the bus can’t get there to deliver children? The parents can get there to pick up free food, but they can’t get their offspring there?


9 posted on 02/13/2010 4:23:41 PM PST by PAR35
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To: reaganaut1

“Some also get breakfast, dinner and bags of staple foods to take home for the weekend”

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Geez Loweeze! That’s new to me. Perhaps true education reform should be to issue school vouchers to all who want them and reducing the publik skools to state-run soup kitchens for kiddies.

The school system should NOT be a government feeding center.


10 posted on 02/13/2010 4:24:05 PM PST by sinanju
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To: reaganaut1

The tentacles of global warming are far reaching!


11 posted on 02/13/2010 4:24:11 PM PST by kempster
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To: reaganaut1

We have taken in the poor of world. Some arrive legally. Many have come illegally and had anchor babies. My bet is many of these starving scholars are immigrants or anchor babies. There is no more housing boom. The economy is dead in the water

Plus it was always a lie that we must allow in these 3rd worlders because they would pay for our social security. Actually it’s the reverse. I’m paying for their SS and their kids SS and/or welfare or free food or food stamps or WIC or subsidized housing or transfer payments


12 posted on 02/13/2010 4:24:17 PM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: reaganaut1

Who feeds them in the summer when school is out or when they are on extended breaks?


13 posted on 02/13/2010 4:24:22 PM PST by deport (TEXAS PRIMARY -- 4 DAYS TO EARLY VOTING......... 18 DAYS MARCH 2, PRIMARY)
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To: bikerman

+1....


14 posted on 02/13/2010 4:27:01 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Political Correctness Will Get Us All Killed)
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When did it become the responsibility of the school system to feed children? In my county, they not only have a lunch program, but they started a breakfast program several years ago in which children get breakfast in their classrooms under the supervision of their teachers. I wrote to the state Sec'y of Education objecting to this and got a self-serving missive back about how great the program was working.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
15 posted on 02/13/2010 4:27:16 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: deport

DOH!


16 posted on 02/13/2010 4:27:22 PM PST by omega4179
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To: jakerobins

LOL!...I knew it was the AP. Arent these Obamatons dizzy from all their spinning?

Cant wait for the AP headline: ‘Rain causes people to stay indoors and starve”


17 posted on 02/13/2010 4:27:31 PM PST by max americana
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To: deport

You should read the whole article, where the dogooders are wringing their hands over just that issue.


18 posted on 02/13/2010 4:27:43 PM PST by sinanju
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To: deport
Who feeds them in the summer when school is out or when they are on extended breaks?

Excellent Question.
19 posted on 02/13/2010 4:28:05 PM PST by microgood
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To: reaganaut1

What the hell?

We had free lunch for low income families when I was in school but now we’re sending food home with them?

What’s next, just boarding them at school so the poor suffering parents can get some relief and the indoctrination can continue 24 hours a day?


20 posted on 02/13/2010 4:29:40 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: reaganaut1

Exactly
and if things are as dire as presentd then take the kids away , put them in group homes and stop WIC food stamps and welfare payments to the parents.
The money saved from not sending the parents bennies could provide a good atmosphere for the kids with all the food th4ey need.
Good LORD, we give them breakfast lunch dinner snacks AND basic food stuffs.
who are these people?


21 posted on 02/13/2010 4:29:42 PM PST by RWGinger
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To: reaganaut1
My daughter has always been in private school. The cost is significant and I still pay school taxes. But I don't really care. You get what you pay for. School food is not an issue.
22 posted on 02/13/2010 4:30:02 PM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Methinks it goes something like this. If you are a government that buys a lot of cheese, you are going to spend a lot of money storing it. That is unless you are ingenious enough to create food programs where you can unload it.


23 posted on 02/13/2010 4:31:31 PM PST by freespirited (Congratulations Senator Brown. One down, 59 to go.)
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To: deport

Shush, that’s why they want year-round school, dontchaknow?


24 posted on 02/13/2010 4:32:39 PM PST by BenKenobi (;)
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To: reaganaut1

Oh for Pete’s sake. Even animals know how to feed themselves. Unbelievable.


25 posted on 02/13/2010 4:33:41 PM PST by denydenydeny ("Leftists are like vampires; shine a light on what they are doing and they retreat."-Andrew Klavan)
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To: Glenn

“You get what you pay for.”

And they get what you pay for as well...


26 posted on 02/13/2010 4:33:54 PM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: denydenydeny

Hell I was a poor kid. We had a garden and I worked in it.


27 posted on 02/13/2010 4:34:51 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: deport

The lunch rooms stay open in Mid Tenn during the summer. At least I know they do in Rutherford County. 18 or under is the only requirement.


28 posted on 02/13/2010 4:34:55 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: reaganaut1

If someone is so “poor” or stupid they can’t feed their kids twice a day the kid should be in foster care.


29 posted on 02/13/2010 4:38:37 PM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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String of snow days deprives many students of food

Complete bollocks.

30 posted on 02/13/2010 4:38:49 PM PST by relictele
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To: reaganaut1

In this Friday Jan. 12, 2010 photo, Mercedes Rodas, left, chooses cans of food that were being provided to people whose children are usually in the school lunch program at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park, Md., in the aftermath of back-to-back blizzards. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Words fail me.

31 posted on 02/13/2010 4:39:20 PM PST by raybbr
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To: sinanju

I didn’t know that.


32 posted on 02/13/2010 4:39:26 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: sinanju

What do they do in the summer when school is out? What do they do over Christmas vacation? Do they mean that these kids literally have nothing to eat if school isn’t in session?


33 posted on 02/13/2010 4:40:00 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Kozak

That is completely politically incorrect to say. But you have a good point. If a parent is so ill equiped to be a parent that they can’t/won’t feed their kids properly, why are they parents in the first place? Would their kids be better off in foster care than with neglectful parents?


34 posted on 02/13/2010 4:41:59 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Kozak

I’m thinking these parents are just smart enough to understand that playing stupid is a good idea.

Reminds me of a “farmer” who lived across the road from me. He was too stupid to take care of his few animals so he relied on the charity of some of the other local farmers who couldn’t stand to see his animals suffer. I knew the man and stupid is the last thing he was.


35 posted on 02/13/2010 4:43:14 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: reaganaut1

I’ve heard for months a commercial on the radio that supposedly 60% of kids are “in danger of going hungry over the weekend” so the group sends food home.

Frankly I think that’s a lie, and this story is as well.


36 posted on 02/13/2010 4:44:08 PM PST by ElenaM
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Many of the kids eating free lunch live in middle-class homes with new cars in the garage.


37 posted on 02/13/2010 4:46:06 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: reaganaut1
Can’t blame the kids for having total creeps for parent[s].
38 posted on 02/13/2010 4:53:36 PM PST by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: bikerman

Either that or tell the kids to put down the XBOX or the Playstation, get off your ass and get out here and eat dinner, now!


39 posted on 02/13/2010 4:57:16 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: eyedigress

Donner pass intermediate school district.


40 posted on 02/13/2010 4:57:52 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: raybbr

They don’t fail me. Arrogant beggers, thats all Mexicans are.


41 posted on 02/13/2010 4:59:40 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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The rugrats must be eating somewhere.

I take it the nice lady has never been in a lunchroom and seen the amount of food that was thrown out. Was a bit surprised when I went to eat lunch with my kids.

Growing up I had real cooks in the school kitchen cooking real food - goulash was big, along with many other big pot specials. Kids in the sixties cleaned the trays right down to the shine.

42 posted on 02/13/2010 5:00:38 PM PST by PeteB570 (Airborne, the only way to get to work in the morning.)
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To: cripplecreek

It’s a national policy. Metro areas have select lunchrooms open year-round. Rural areas would have 1 out of the three open.


43 posted on 02/13/2010 5:02:43 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: eyedigress

Things sure have changed since I was in school. We didn’t have vending machines to fight about junk food. We couldn’t wear shorts. We couldn’t leave for lunch. Only kids from low income familes could get free lunch during school hours.


44 posted on 02/13/2010 5:06:31 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: deport

I know Auburn, WA they continue to feed them during the summer!


45 posted on 02/13/2010 5:07:55 PM PST by goodnesswins (DEMOCRATS equal WEAPONIZED Ignorance)
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To: bikerman

Free lunch equals more available for cigerettes, booze, dope


46 posted on 02/13/2010 5:10:21 PM PST by njslim
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To: cripplecreek

Same here. I learn of all of these things through my co-workers with children in the system. Heck, I had to shovel coal into the furnace on really cold days because the janitor was wore-out.


47 posted on 02/13/2010 5:13:07 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: eyedigress

I was lucky to grow up in a rural school district where rational was still the norm into the 80s.


48 posted on 02/13/2010 5:22:02 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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Isn't feeding your own kids the responsibility of the parents?

Isn't not feeding your kids properly a form of child abuse?

So, why aren't these criminally negligent parents in jail or standing before a judge to explain it and maybe lose their kids,... instead of sitting around bitching about the school system's failure?

49 posted on 02/13/2010 5:22:26 PM PST by Gritty (It doesn't matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true- Paul Watson, Greenpeace)
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This is the most ridiculous story I have read. We are the fattest people on the face of the earth. I find it hard to believe that anyone is starving in this country.


50 posted on 02/13/2010 5:29:56 PM PST by angcat (GOD SAVE US!)
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