Skip to comments.Feds handing NYC kids $30 million for free lunch as Sandy aid — whether they need it or not
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 Citys 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 Islands PS 29. My friend in Midland Beach couldnt get any money from FEMA even though she lost everything. Shes 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: Lets just open it up for all kids.
But critics called the massive outlay irresponsible.
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Can't say it any better...
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...
Feds have found $30 million,I see the still have the shell game.