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Free summer lunches feeding more kids locally and statewide (Dayton OH)
Dayton Daily News ^ | 18 Jun 2010 | Cornelius Frolik

Posted on 06/18/2010 6:52:01 AM PDT by relictele

More children in the Dayton area and Ohio are relying on free summer meal programs.

In 2009, schools and community groups in Montgomery County served 510,496 free summer meals, a 20 percent increase since 2007, according to the Ohio Department of Education.

Statewide, schools and community groups last year served 3.56 million free summer meals, an increase of 10 percent from 2008 and 17 percent from 2007, according to federal data.

Food service officials expect the numbers to be even higher this year.

Money is tight in the home of Amanda Gyldholm, a 32-year-old single mother of four who is taking classes for massage therapy and works at her college’s library.

Gyldholm is grateful that Mad River Local Schools offers a free summer lunch program.

Without the program, “I’d have to do my best to make my money stretch further,” Gyldholm said. “It would be cold sandwiches every day.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: freelunch; school; summer; welfare
No child should go hungry but a few questions for Amanda Gyldholm: while lying on your back doing what you do best (apparently) did you ever stop to consider the result? Was it after the first, second, third or fourth kid that you realized you might not be able to provide for them? Are you planning to have more? Have you figured out this whole reproductive biology thing yet?
1 posted on 06/18/2010 6:52:02 AM PDT by relictele
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To: relictele

Gee. Who would have guessed that if you provide something for free, you increase demand? What gets me about this is that grocery stores and fast food places are taxed, and the money is used to provide them with competition at a “lower” price.


2 posted on 06/18/2010 6:58:13 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: relictele
One step further ...

Mandy gets her massage therapy degree ... now what?

Is there a viable market in Dayton for massage therapy?

This is just more system hustling, IMO.

3 posted on 06/18/2010 7:00:43 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: relictele
A couple more questions for her:

How many packs a day do you smoke? How much do you drink? Do you have cell phones? (Bad question - the gov provides those now.) How much is your cable bill? Do the father(s) contribute anything? Have you tried to get them to, or would that be too much work?

4 posted on 06/18/2010 7:01:00 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Slump Tester

How often does she get manicures and pedicures? BTW - nothing wrong with cold sandwiches. We carried baloney sandwiches (tunafish on Fridays) to school every darned day.


5 posted on 06/18/2010 7:03:19 AM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: relictele

In re-reading my post I should avoided the word ‘planning.’

Clearly there is no planning whatsoever occurring.


6 posted on 06/18/2010 7:04:04 AM PDT by relictele (.)
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To: relictele

The horror of cold sandwiches. I suppose my typical lunch is a violation of human rights. I now understand the right to a hot lunch.


7 posted on 06/18/2010 7:16:51 AM PDT by businessprofessor
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To: businessprofessor

must be nice to get a free lunch, I pack leftovers for lunch, that I eat while I work through lunch... to pay for those free lunches...


8 posted on 06/18/2010 7:19:45 AM PDT by NativeSon
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To: La Lydia
"increase demand"

The local food pantries always bewail any perceived shortcomings in food donations by the citizenry. They state that whenever the pantries are filled with food, people come and take the food no matter how much they try to keep the pantry filled. Imagine that, people taking FREE!!! food.

According to the alarmists, this "proves" that any shortfalls of food donations will result in thousands of starving unfortunates. Apparently, they don't realize that if there's something offered for free, many people who don't necessarily need the free thing will take it anyway. It's not "if I build it, they will come" but "if I give it away, they will come."

9 posted on 06/18/2010 7:20:13 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: relictele

How about a Constitutional Amendment banning the use of the word “free” and instead mandating the use of “taxpayer-subsidized?”


10 posted on 06/18/2010 7:23:32 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The real death threat is their legislation" Rush Limbaugh, 3/25/10)
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To: relictele

When I read about the schools providing free lunches and free breakfasts, I always wonder whether those receiving food stamps are docked a buck or two per day for each kid.

I also cringe when I see “free lunch.” Someone is paying for them. The government cannot give something to Peter without taking dollars from everyone.


11 posted on 06/18/2010 7:26:05 AM PDT by spaced
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To: businessprofessor
The horror of cold sandwiches. I suppose my typical lunch is a violation of human rights. I now understand the right to a hot lunch.

Yes cold sandwiches are a travesty that require 0bama to appoint a czar and immediate U.N. intervention.

Only a hate filled nation such as the U.S. forces cold sandwiches on their people.

12 posted on 06/18/2010 7:26:11 AM PDT by A message
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To: relictele

So if they are getting free lunches do they get less in food stamps? (HAHAHAHAHA, I crack myself up!)


13 posted on 06/18/2010 7:27:03 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: spaced

Dang, you beat me to it.


14 posted on 06/18/2010 7:27:39 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: Inspectorette

BTW - nothing wrong with cold sandwiches. We carried baloney sandwiches (tunafish on Fridays) to school every darned day.”””

Boy! You guys lived high on the hog!!

4 kids in my family & we went thru a loaf of bread every day for sandwiches-——Peanut Butter & Jelly. Only think that changed was the flavor of the jelly. Ate the same thing all thru high school. The only itme we could get at school was access to the machine that dispensed the small carton of milk for a nickel.

PB & J=== 4 kids who all went on in life to be self- employed, 3 with employees. One had over 60 employees in his company. None of those 4 kids have ever been arrested, spent time in jail, or had any criminal problems of any kind.


15 posted on 06/18/2010 7:30:54 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles
Without the program, “I’d have to do my best to make my money stretch further,” Gyldholm said. “It would be cold sandwiches every day.”

WTH?! I eat cold sandwiches every day of my life. What's wrong with them? These people make me want to scream.

16 posted on 06/18/2010 7:35:50 AM PDT by BigBobber
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To: A message
Yes cold sandwiches are a travesty that require 0bama to appoint a czar and immediate U.N. intervention.

Only a hate filled nation such as the U.S. forces cold sandwiches on their people.

Shhhhh - don't mention cold cereal.

17 posted on 06/18/2010 7:40:03 AM PDT by GrannyAnn
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To: NativeSon

Question:

How are food stamps calculated??

IF a ‘welfare family’ has 3 kids—aged 8 9 10—I want to know how they figure the food stamps.

Say 1 adult & 3 kids, aged as above. That is 4 people, 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, 30 days a month. That equals 360 meals for a 30 day month. That is over 4380 meals a year in calculating food stamps. (12 x 365)

Now-—the kids are in school 180 days a year & get free lunches there.....that adds up to 540 meals for those 3 kids that are NOT served at home. Some schools serve breakfast, also & have for years. Another 540 meals??

Since the welfare system & the school district systems don’t seem to inter-communicate any more than any other government program, how confident should any of us be that there is some serious double dipping going on?

Many schools have been feeding the ‘poor kids’ breakfast for years in the cafeteria (Los Angeles)...& now I am hearing noises about feeding the kids ‘dinner’ before they go home because they are hungry at home.

Just exactly how many meals are the taxpayers getting to pay for?

How are food stamps calculated & how much adjustment is made for kids in school??????

NO wonder these kids which are ‘poor’ are fat??


18 posted on 06/18/2010 7:40:55 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: BigBobber

It’s always leftovers and cold sandwiches for me. I consider the once a week can of sardines a real treat.

Wife does PB on sliced apple. I’m cheap but I can’t handle that.


19 posted on 06/18/2010 7:42:00 AM PDT by nomorelurker
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To: Inspectorette

We had a piece of cheese between 2 pieces of bread, with a squirt of mustard. I was so jealous of the kids who had bologna sandwiches.


20 posted on 06/18/2010 7:42:47 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: ridesthemiles

think=== thing

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21 posted on 06/18/2010 7:43:03 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: NonValueAdded

Yup. TANSTAAFL: There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch


22 posted on 06/18/2010 7:43:31 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: relictele
From the Comments section of that article, which, IMO, gets to the nub of the issue (emphasis mine):

Just a different perspective on this school lunch scam. When my children were small, I divorced my husband. The school came to me and wanted my kids on the school lunch program. I told them "no thanks, I can take care of my own kids", they were adament and kept after me because they have to have so many kids on it to make some quota to keep the program. I was making $32,000 a year and they gave my kids a lunch card anyway even after I told them no. It's a racket.

23 posted on 06/18/2010 8:23:57 AM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: relictele

“free summer meal programs. “

Free . . . really . . . Wow! . . . they came out of thin air????????


24 posted on 06/18/2010 8:26:59 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
I have a friend who works in an eye doctor's office. Drives her nuts to see Medicaid patients bringing in their little kids every few months for unnecessary eye exams. When she inquires as to why they bring them in so often, the reply is always, "Because it's free!".

She politely informs them that it may be "free" to them, but it's not free to the taxpayers. Lucky she still has her job.

And don't EVEN get me started on that old battleaxe folding laundry while squatting on her scooter, burbling, "I didn't pay a PENNY for my scooter..." Grrrr!!!!

25 posted on 06/18/2010 8:52:08 AM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: relictele
I wanted to look into free Summer lunches a little further and found this story about students AND parents taking advantage of a free school lunch program simply for convenience rather than need. And the school encourages it! Needless to say I'm .... not surprised? Summer Free Lunch Program Packing Them in at Washington School'
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This is the second year for the summer lunch program at Lincoln, and parent Kathy Dolan called it a godsend for busy parents. “Like we said, you don’t have to plan out your lunches or cook. You just come on over and get a decent lunch,” Dolan said. (all kids from anywhere are free. Parents pay $3.50)


26 posted on 06/18/2010 9:06:54 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (I Don't Want Obama to Kick Ass. I WANT HIM TO GET OFF HIS ASS!!!!)
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To: Oatka
It's a racket.

See my post at #26.

27 posted on 06/18/2010 9:07:55 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (I Don't Want Obama to Kick Ass. I WANT HIM TO GET OFF HIS ASS!!!!)
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To: NonValueAdded

Agreed. There is absolutely nothing “free” about this lunch program or any other.


28 posted on 06/18/2010 10:08:21 AM PDT by upchuck (Don't let freedom slip away. After America, there is no place to go ~ Kitty Werthmann - Google her.)
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