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Feds handing NYC kids $30 million for free lunch as Sandy aid whether they need it or not
NY Post ^ | december 9, 2012 | MARY KAY LINGE

Posted on 12/09/2012 6:39:52 AM PST by lowbridge

Even as the nation teeters on the edge of the fiscal cliff, the feds have found $30 million in extra lunch money to shower on city schoolchildren in the name of hurricane relief.

New York City’s 1.1 million public-school students can each get a free school lunch every day in December (and could have last month, too) — even if their homes were undamaged by the superstorm or they have no financial need.

Some parents are furious that the feds put this spending ahead of aid for storm victims scrounging for cash to pay for home repair and other basic needs.

“This is so wrong,” said Masayo Chalmers, whose child attends Staten Island’s PS 29. “My friend in Midland Beach couldn’t get any money from FEMA even though she lost everything. She’s the one who needs help, more than my son needs a free lunch.”

New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who pushed for the funding, say that the blanket offer was meant to cut red tape for families hurt by Sandy.

“It would have taken so long to process all the requests if we had limited the recipients,” said a Gillibrand spokeswoman. “So we said: Let’s just open it up for all kids.”

But critics called the massive outlay irresponsible.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: sandy

1 posted on 12/09/2012 6:39:58 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge
“This is so wrong,” said Masayo Chalmers...

Can't say it any better...

2 posted on 12/09/2012 6:43:39 AM PST by GOPJ (The economy is so bad MSNBC had to lay off 300 Obama spokesmen - Leno)
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To: lowbridge

Based on how much money the federal government spends on other bad ideas, 30 mill isn’t much. Heck, it’s just lunch money to them...


3 posted on 12/09/2012 6:51:35 AM PST by Bernard (Clinton Era Tax Rates, Clinton Era Spending Levels)
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To: lowbridge

Feds have found $30 million,I see the still have the shell game.


4 posted on 12/09/2012 3:07:51 PM PST by Vaduz
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