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New Jersey group wants schools to serve 'breakfast after the bell'
South Jersey Times ^

Posted on 01/25/2013 1:12:01 AM PST by SMGFan

GLOUCESTER TWP. — Despite a 21 percent increase in the number of eligible students taking advantage of free and reduced-price school breakfast between 2010 and 2012, New Jersey is still ranks 46th in the nation when it comes to participation in available programs.

According to Nancy Parello, from the Newark-based nonprofit Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ), the challenge lies in convincing schools to change often decades-old ideas about how and when the breakfast should be provided to students.

“One problem is that most schools only serve breakfast before school starts, but, really, no one is there before school starts,” said Parello. “It’s about changing the mindset that many people have.

“Schools can do breakfast in the first few minutes of the day without spending that much more; the federal government reimburses school costs for all breakfasts, even the ones for those who pay.”

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It is never just a few minutes. Just extend the school day by 15 minutes. If NJ ranks low in participation, maybe it is not needed?

I thought with SNAP mom was supposed to be feeding the children. If she is feeding them , why does she need the money.

1 posted on 01/25/2013 1:12:15 AM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Why not have them just spend the night in school and cut out the parents altogether?


2 posted on 01/25/2013 1:16:13 AM PST by Makana
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To: SMGFan

Why not just have the entire family over for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Then the government school will have total control over what everyone eats. Good luck with paying the taxes for all of it.


3 posted on 01/25/2013 1:18:10 AM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Makana
Why not have them just spend the night in school and cut out the parents altogether?

Schools will go toward 24/7 and parents may have visitation rights. It will increase employment. It's for the chilrun! /s.

4 posted on 01/25/2013 1:35:46 AM PST by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
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parents may have visitation rights

Unless they live in a "shall have" state in which case they "shall have visitation rights"

5 posted on 01/25/2013 2:01:10 AM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: SMGFan

“If NJ ranks low in participation, maybe it is not needed?”

They just need to get the word out (in Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, and Tamil) that illegal aliens are allowed to receive the freebies as well; participation would break records.

“I thought with SNAP mom was supposed to be feeding the children.”

We even have free school lunch programs IN THE SUMMER.


6 posted on 01/25/2013 2:16:35 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Theophilus

“Schools will go toward 24/7 and parents may have visitation rights.”

That started out as the goal a few years back in some urban NJ districts; the government realized the worst place for a “permanent underclass” child to be was home, so they instead offered before- and aftercare, started providing breakfast & lunch, etc. just to keep them away from the scum that bred them. No discernible results, though...


7 posted on 01/25/2013 2:20:02 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: SMGFan
most schools only serve breakfast before school starts, but, really, no one is there before school starts

The kids are SO hungry, they can't even get to school early to have a free breakfast.

"Sure, I'll eat your free food, but I ain goan git up early foe it."

8 posted on 01/25/2013 2:50:01 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: SMGFan

When I was a kid, I hated to eat breakfast. The thought nauseated me. All the way through grade school, high school, and college. I was probably 40 years old before I could even think of eating in the morning.

I was always at or near the top of my classes in grades.

These people would hate me and my parents.


9 posted on 01/25/2013 2:53:56 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: SMGFan

try eating breakfast at home,there problem solved


10 posted on 01/25/2013 3:15:49 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: SMGFan
If she is feeding them , why does she need the money.

Cigarettes are really expensive these days.

11 posted on 01/25/2013 3:20:38 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: ballplayer

Let the ‘bell’ be the alarm clock at home.


12 posted on 01/25/2013 3:25:31 AM PST by relictele
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To: SMGFan

Schools are for learning, not eating!

This is just one more liberal promotion to dumb down the genereations.


13 posted on 01/25/2013 3:39:59 AM PST by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by Obama")
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To: Right Wing Assault

We had a woman move into the house across the street from us a few years ago, and there were five or six kids ranging from2-3 up to 17.

No father.

Since then, we have had cop cars on the street, break-ins, you name it. One of the kids broke into the house of the elderly couple next door to them, and the poor woman in her eighties went into her bathroom to find him hiding in the shower. He was sent away.

They don’t shovel the driveway. They don’t rake the leaves. She tries to get them to do it, but she apparently can’t control them.

What really irritates me is they have a special school bus van that comes to their house every morning. Just for one of the teenage boys, probably to take him to some school somewhere. Only for him. The van waits and waits and waits, honks the horn (I had to go tell the guy not to honk his horn at that hour) and every morning without fail, the kid makes that driver wait 15-20 minutes. But he waits. When he does come out, he saunters to the van as if he had all the time in the world, not a care in the world.

I presume the driver is not allowed to just leave. The whole scene irritates me to no end. And it is all intertwined with the subject of this thread, I am sure.


14 posted on 01/25/2013 3:47:06 AM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: SMGFan

“Schools can do breakfast in the first few minutes of the day without spending that much more; the federal government reimburses school costs for all breakfasts, even the ones for those who pay.”


???? If the meal has already been paid for by the consumer, then why is the transfer of money from the fed to the school called a reimbursement?


15 posted on 01/25/2013 3:49:41 AM PST by paint_your_wagon
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Public service announcement BS tells us dinner together as a family is vital. It's like they are the last authority.

A lot can be accomplished at breakfast, while the Marxys in big gov’t swipe this issue away from families.

While ignoring anything they say, smart families take a few minutes in the morning to serve breakfast and sit with kids, asking them, while they might be inclined to speak, after having rested, and pray, talk and serve an inexpensive meal.

Trying to imagine this.

Aside from the lessons the normal kids are getting; I've heard, “Why do some kids have to eat breakfast at school? I mean it's awful to show up early and have to sit in there with them. It's really rough in there”
Response: “Oh, these kids really do have it rough at home”.

Retort: “Ah, they have the latest Ipods and phones. They have the best clothes”.

Response: “Well, um. . .”

Aside from the embarrassment of that; that our generation has bred this ridiculousness, trying to imagine this.

OK, oatmeal even at the supermarket (as opposed to purchasing club), in large quantities, is pennies to serve in the morning, and with some fruit in season, a complete breakfast, with the love, conversation, support and companionship it provides the growing child and the associated investment in his future - his earning potential with the associated better grades and his willingness to contribute back to the family later in life, how does it compute?

I mean, just the money it takes to purchase, transport prepare and serve, dispose of, and then monitor the kids, the cost to others skyrockets.

This is a complaint from the parents who realize they're not saving time, as they have to get the child to school earlier as, duh, it takes time to eat.

They're not getting enough time back from this deal.

The issue, then, is how to deal with people who can't think ahead enough to realize the investment in minutes and pennies per day over time grows into big payback.

Some of the greatest contributors to our culture, government, military, technology etc, have come from financially poor homes.

This seems to be big government moving in and taking advantage of a situation. Republican politicians, as they are, are not up to the task of counteracting that. Not at the moment.

16 posted on 01/25/2013 3:51:27 AM PST by stanne
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Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme more. The parents, excuse me, crackwhore mom, is too stoned to pour a bowl of Cheerios, so gimme, gimme, gimme.


17 posted on 01/25/2013 4:19:17 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Please, don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion.)
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To: SMGFan

Come on, it’s not like they learn anything in class anyway....


18 posted on 01/25/2013 5:16:43 AM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: kearnyirish2

We even have free school lunch programs IN THE SUMMER.

^^^
Also, in some school districts, students are sent home on Friday with a backpack full of food to tide them over for the weekend.


19 posted on 01/25/2013 5:31:19 AM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
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To: SMGFan

Breakfast should be offered as a graded class.

Attend the class, clean your plate, get an A+.

“Yo dude...I aced Breakfast 101.”


20 posted on 01/25/2013 6:23:41 AM PST by moovova
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To: SMGFan

Schools push to get everyone on the school lunch/breakfast program because schools with over 50% of students on the program get more federal benefits.


21 posted on 01/25/2013 6:35:02 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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It is never just a few minutes. Just extend the school day by 15 minutes

All solutions that extend the working day (and pay) of NEA members are happily entertained by them.

22 posted on 01/25/2013 6:37:36 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: SMGFan

Shouldn’t the goal be to decrease participation in such a program?


23 posted on 01/25/2013 8:42:01 AM PST by Oratam
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To: kearnyirish2
(in Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, and Tamil)

You must be in a different part of the country than me. Here, illegals are 100% speakers of the first language on your list and they do dominate the free school meal programs. We do have quite a few Hindus as well but they pretty much are all physicians on legal visas or citizens.

24 posted on 01/25/2013 8:51:48 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: rlmorel

We had a similiar situation in a previous neighborhood. ONE FAMILY left and allowed their house to go Section 8/HUD and the ENTIRE neighborhood went downhill fast. Cars driving by all hours of the night, cops cars cruising by, guns, noise.

Amazing how quickly a place can go from good to bad


25 posted on 01/25/2013 9:00:30 AM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: steve86
Massachusetts has an official list of 22 languages that are supported by legal/medical interpreters. You folks are way behind.
26 posted on 01/26/2013 4:36:28 AM PST by Makana (On a foggy day, you can smell the island before you actually see it.)
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As a taxpayer with no kids in any school system, I want the schools to STOP feeding kids. That’s the parents’ job, not mine.


27 posted on 01/26/2013 4:45:42 AM PST by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: Bigg Red

“Also, in some school districts, students are sent home on Friday with a backpack full of food to tide them over for the weekend.”

Nanny-state running wild; we end up with a diabetes epidemic in our underclass, to match their illiteracy epidemic...


28 posted on 01/26/2013 8:42:55 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: steve86

Our Indians in NJ are a mixed bag; we have the normal “cream of the crop”, along with students working under the table who have no intention of returning to India (regardless of immigration status). Overall, a positive economic addition to NJ. Brazilians make up a large part of our illegals as well (hence the Portuguese). Mexicans were probably the last group to get here; prior to that most of our Spanish-speaking illegals were from South and Central America (and there are still scads of them arriving daily). My town, once known for its Irish & Scottish populations, now has a bigger Peruvian Day parade than the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

We also have a large number of miscellaneous “other” Asians; one town had to pass a law requiring English on signs because emergency personnel couldn’t respond effectively.


29 posted on 01/26/2013 9:20:10 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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