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16 Million Hungry Kids, 1 New Idea for Feeding Them
AOL ^ | August 23, 2010 | Judy Pasternak

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at aolnews.com ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: hunger; usda

1 posted on 08/23/2010 10:52:31 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Yet they all have cell phones flat screen tvs and play stations


2 posted on 08/23/2010 10:53:37 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom REMEMBER FREE REPUBLIC IN YOUR WILL. I DID)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Getting close to election time....

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3 posted on 08/23/2010 10:53:50 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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.


4 posted on 08/23/2010 10:56:24 AM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
The idea: issue a seasonal electronic benefits card to families

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?

5 posted on 08/23/2010 10:58:26 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
America? Let's see, is that the country that has a growing obesity problem, particularly among the poor?

This is just another scam to get taxpayers to hold still while the govt steals our money.

6 posted on 08/23/2010 10:58:32 AM PDT by American Quilter (Democrats are anti-American traitors. They must be voted out of office.)
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To: Gaffer

Well put!


7 posted on 08/23/2010 10:59:08 AM PDT by ThePatrioticArtist (It's not the painting itself, but the message it sends that's important.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
We pay 'single mothers' to make babies, why shouldn't they expect us to feed, clothe, daycare, nightcare and shelter them too?
8 posted on 08/23/2010 10:59:17 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Only the government thinks a kid on a lunch program during the school year automatically goes hungry during summer
9 posted on 08/23/2010 11:00:05 AM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Pelosi has stock in Dole, let em eat fruit cups all summer for free........


10 posted on 08/23/2010 11:00:14 AM PDT by sniper63 (I am the leader of the TEA Party, I, myself am the leader of me, myself for I am the TEA Party!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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........


11 posted on 08/23/2010 11:02:16 AM PDT by yoe ("N" is for NO for Progressives in government.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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!


12 posted on 08/23/2010 11:07:58 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty too! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
a modest proposal....

Feed the homeless to the hungry?

13 posted on 08/23/2010 11:09:14 AM PDT by SERE_DOC (My Rice Krispies told me to stay home & clean my weapons! How does one clean a phase 4 plasma rifle)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
a modest proposal....

Feed the homeless to the hungry?

14 posted on 08/23/2010 11:09:19 AM PDT by SERE_DOC (My Rice Krispies told me to stay home & clean my weapons! How does one clean a phase 4 plasma rifle)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

No Food For Fuel ! ...bump


15 posted on 08/23/2010 11:09:24 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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.


16 posted on 08/23/2010 11:09:32 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Gaffer

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.


17 posted on 08/23/2010 11:09:52 AM PDT by donaldo
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

18 posted on 08/23/2010 11:10:20 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Gaffer
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.

Absolutely right.

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...

19 posted on 08/23/2010 11:11:12 AM PDT by jimt
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I thought they were obese. Michelle’s program certainly worked quickly.


20 posted on 08/23/2010 11:13:37 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia; The_Victor; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; Hoodlum91; RockinRight

How about their effin’ parent(s) use their food stamps for food and feed them?


21 posted on 08/23/2010 11:15:18 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer (File CONGRESS.SYS corrupted: Re-boot Washington D.C (Y/N)?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
What's a government agency to do when kids are starving?

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!

22 posted on 08/23/2010 11:20:12 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't skipper a boat, Can't drive, Can't ski, Can't fly. But they KNOW what's best.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

OK so what is the Government’s definition of hunger? I know there is an official definition.


23 posted on 08/23/2010 11:22:16 AM PDT by IC Ken
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

FEED ME!
Nutrimens Gluto Immodicus, also known as The Socialism Plant
24 posted on 08/23/2010 11:22:50 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: nuke rocketeer

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...


25 posted on 08/23/2010 11:23:28 AM PDT by OldGuard (Conservatives - Saving the planet since 1860)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“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?


26 posted on 08/23/2010 11:25:07 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: al baby
Yet they all have cell phones flat screen tvs and play stations

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.

27 posted on 08/23/2010 11:25:07 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: donaldo

” 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,,,,,


28 posted on 08/23/2010 11:26:18 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: IC Ken

“OK so what is the Government’s 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. :)


29 posted on 08/23/2010 11:27:30 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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.


30 posted on 08/23/2010 11:31:17 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

31 posted on 08/23/2010 11:34:15 AM PDT by matt1234 (The only crisis 0bama can manage is one he intentionally created.)
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To: American Quilter
the country that has a growing obesity problem, particularly among the poor

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.

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

32 posted on 08/23/2010 11:37:01 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: FatherofFive

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.


33 posted on 08/23/2010 11:41:47 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: Gaffer
We are faced now with feeding the offspring that qualify their no-good parent (yes, singular) for EITC..

Ah, good old EITC. Proposed by Nixon, signed into law by Ford and increased under every administration since, without exception.

34 posted on 08/23/2010 11:49:04 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Nobody reads tag lines.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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.


35 posted on 08/23/2010 11:49:40 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

16 Million starving kids in the USA? That number is preposterous, cooked up nonsense.


36 posted on 08/23/2010 11:51:32 AM PDT by Old North State (Don't blame me, I voted for Pedro)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Deport ALL illegal immigrant farm workers and bus these kids to work on those farms for room and board.
37 posted on 08/23/2010 11:56:37 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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38 posted on 08/23/2010 11:57:12 AM PDT by catman67
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Cut the next two Obama vacations scheduled for later this month.

That will feed all of them.


39 posted on 08/23/2010 11:57:45 AM PDT by NoLibZone (I am currently under federal investigation by the DNC for my opposition to the Ground Zero mosque.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
They can eat here.

Marble floors and restaurant quality pizza ovens.


578 million dollar new school in LA, California.

40 posted on 08/23/2010 12:03:47 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I am currently under federal investigation by the DNC for my opposition to the Ground Zero mosque.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Acknowledging that the hunger faced by millions of American students during the summertime is "a catastrophe,"

Starving-to-death-in-their-own-fat ping.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

41 posted on 08/23/2010 12:17:18 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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