Skip to comments.16 Million Hungry Kids, 1 New Idea for Feeding Them
Posted on 08/23/2010 10:52:30 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
WASHINGTON (Aug. 23) -- Acknowledging that the hunger faced by millions of American students during the summertime is "a catastrophe," the top nutrition official at the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to experiment with a totally new approach to feeding poor kids during the months they have no access to subsidized meals at school cafeterias.
The idea: issue a seasonal electronic benefits card to families whose children are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches during the academic year.
In an interview with AOL News, Undersecretary for Food and Nutrition Kevin Concannon said the department has recently asked states to volunteer for a pilot project for the cards during the summer of 2011.
In participating states, the card would complement or replace a patchwork of summer food programs that reach only one in five of the children who qualify for subsidized school meals.
"We want to try it just to see if it can work out," Concannon said.
He expects that benefits would be paid in about the same amounts that the U.S. government pays to reimburse the organizations that run feeding sites during the three-month break.
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Yet they all have cell phones flat screen tvs and play stations
If you cannot afford to give your child a decent breakfast, lunch and dinner, you have no right on this earth to have that child, period. We are faced now with feeding the offspring that qualify their no-good parent (yes, singular) for EITC...that is the crux of the problem.
But, but, but...these families live in Food Deserts - and only those with the swiftest Camels will be correctly feed/sarc...can ya' use 'em for Happy Meals?
This is just another scam to get taxpayers to hold still while the govt steals our money.
Pelosi has stock in Dole, let em eat fruit cups all summer for free........
Having children you can’t feed, house, or clothe should be a crime punishable by ‘fixing’ both parents. Loving babies or puppies is no excuse for bringing life into this world you can’t afford....like all those toxic mortgages, hungry and parent-less children make for toxic beings and abuse. China understand this........
How about getting the parents to stop spending the welfare on smokes, booze and drugs? The card might help with that, but no additional bucks, just limitations on what they can buy!
Feed the homeless to the hungry?
Feed the homeless to the hungry?
No Food For Fuel ! ...bump
This is retarded (*nod to Jennifer Aniston*).
Seriously? WTF are food stamps for (which Obama just cut)?
No - let’s create an entirely new program that costs billions, isn’t funded, AND absolves parents of the basic responsibility of putting food on the table.
Scrap all handout programs. Military-style feeding of the poor. You want food, you show up at the mess tent.
I absolutely agree. I don’t want to overstate this, but I think these free school lunches are ridiculous. No matter how well intended this is a boon to irresponsible morons who breed like mosquito larvae. And don’t tell me it leads to better grades. We’re living in an age of impressionable morons the likes of which has never existed on earth. Everywhere I look I see gluttons who do nothing but consume massive quantities of food and gaudy baubles (crap). I made my own sandwiches (mom insisted on this) and I brown bagged it all through junior and high school. I’m sure many of you did also. Believe me, the problem isn’t a paucity of food, rather, an impoverishment of intellect and ambition.
But when you see the new cars pulling up to the school to drop the little parasites off for "free breakfast" you really have to wonder why we're paying for their food...
I thought they were obese. Michelle’s program certainly worked quickly.
How about their effin’ parent(s) use their food stamps for food and feed them?
Send money to the parent? Parent buys booze and smokes, kids stay hungry.
OK. Send food stamps. Parent trades food stamps for 50 cents on the dollar, buys booze and smokes and kids stay hungry.
OK. Give the kids an electronic card just made for ripping off the system.
Great fricking plan!
OK so what is the Government’s definition of hunger? I know there is an official definition.
How about arresting and jailing the parent(s) for not feeding their child. That sure sounds like child neglect, which I believe is a crime...
“issue a seasonal electronic benefits card to families whose children are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches during the academic year.”
No problem. But be sure to deduct the price of food from the welfare checks than. K?
I do not want, nor believe we should have, another government run food program paid by our taxes.
That said, I find it really appalling that when we talk about welfare and hungry children we have been conditioned by the media and the Government to immediately think of the inner cities, where the abuse of the system runs rampant.
If we turn our attention to places like Appalachia, there are children there who really are hungry and their parents do not get any benefits of Welfare nor do they get any of this politically directed relief.
The problem is they have no political clout and most are of the wrong persuasion. The media reports and the politicians hand out our money to the ones who will band together and vote for them.
” I brown bagged it all through junior and high school.”
I brown bagged it K-9. Mom put in an apple everyday. I now gag at the sight of apples! Dorm food 9-12, which was occasionally very interesting! The school bought a drum of cheap peanut butter, and they tried to sneak it into everything! Ever had mashed spuds with globs of peanut butter in them? Or oatmeal with the same treatment? I was also introduced to mystery meat. Yuck,,,,,
“OK so what is the Governments definition of hunger? I know there is an official definition.”
It used to be “A Republican is in office”. Not sure what it is now. :)
You’ve got to be frickin kidding me. Hunger is not a problem in the US. Poor kids have a much greater risk of being obese than starving. Unless you live in some remote region or are insane, you will be able to find more than enough to eat each day.
The obesity problem has its genesis in the fact the we started taking fat out of food because of the misguided belief that fat leads to heart disease. Food without fat tastes like cardboard, so we started added sugar. The large increase in sugar in the diet is the problem. This is a 90 minute video that will change your life.
There is this new product coming out for the summer of 2011 that will feed kids everywhere.
It is green and made at the Soylent Corporation, subsidiary of Goldman Sachs.
Ah, good old EITC. Proposed by Nixon, signed into law by Ford and increased under every administration since, without exception.
This is something I’ve never understood. The parent of kids on welfare always get Food Stamps, or whatever the modern equivalent happens to be. They get this money during the school year, as well as in the summer, so they have money to feed their kids. During the school year, their kids get either free, or reduced cost lunches, in addition to the Food Stamps, so they’re getting double benefits.
16 Million starving kids in the USA? That number is preposterous, cooked up nonsense.
Cut the next two Obama vacations scheduled for later this month.
That will feed all of them.
Marble floors and restaurant quality pizza ovens.
578 million dollar new school in LA, California.