Skip to comments.String of snow days deprives many students of food
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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Wow those libs just don’t ever give up the bs leftist spin do they? New Headline: Massive Snowstorm, Minorities and Women hardest hit....
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.
Nanny state alert.
Another entitlement bites the lefties in the ass.
Should make Ms. Obama Happy. They might lose some weight.
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?
“Some also get breakfast, dinner and bags of staple foods to take home for the weekend”
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.
The tentacles of global warming are far reaching!
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
Who feeds them in the summer when school is out or when they are on extended breaks?
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”
You should read the whole article, where the dogooders are wringing their hands over just that issue.
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?
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