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No free lunch: N.J. school will deny students meals if they have no money, report says
Star Ledger ^ | September 8, 2013

Posted on 09/08/2013 5:53:58 PM PDT by SMGFan

WILLINGBORO — It seems ripped from the pages of Dickens: A hungry child approaches the school cafeteria worker, meal in hand. The worker promptly throws the meal in the trash and sends the child away unfed. Why? The child's parents have let the lunch account run dry.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: schoollunch; welfare
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1 posted on 09/08/2013 5:53:58 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

What’s the difference?

If they have money, they get underfed. If they have no money, they don’t get fed.


2 posted on 09/08/2013 5:58:14 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: SMGFan

Why throw it away?


3 posted on 09/08/2013 6:04:29 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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>> The child’s parents have let the lunch account run dry.

I bet the “child’s parents” are paying plenty of local taxes necessary to feed the fat, unionized baby sitters.


4 posted on 09/08/2013 6:05:11 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: SMGFan

Willingboro has a huge black population.


5 posted on 09/08/2013 6:06:32 PM PDT by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: SMGFan

Why should [tax-funded] schools be responsible for feeding kids? Isn’t that up to their parents?

When I went to school, if I forgot my lunch $$, I didn’t eat.


6 posted on 09/08/2013 6:07:03 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: SMGFan

The whole gist of the article is that the kids have to apply for the “free or reduced lunch program” so the schools quit losing money.


7 posted on 09/08/2013 6:08:19 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: Gene Eric

If they are not, *I* am! (not in NJ, but in my state)


8 posted on 09/08/2013 6:08:27 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (Every time a liberal gets pissed off an angel gets their wings.)
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To: rbg81

In Jersey, most of our very high property taxes go to pay for the crazy, convoluted public school system in this state.


9 posted on 09/08/2013 6:10:51 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SMGFan
As usual, follow the $$. Looks like the state is withholding the lunches for parents who are too lazy to even fill out the federal paperwork.

In our schools, kids are given one "gratis" regular lunch if they don't pay. After that, they get only a cheese sandwich and milk until their account is rectified. My kids don't have to worry; I make their lunches. They don't even want to buy the school's offerings. Not only because of taste but because with a scant 30 minutes for lunch, they hardly have time to eat as it is, much less stand in line.

10 posted on 09/08/2013 6:12:53 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: SMGFan

Census 2000[edit source]

As of the 2000 United States Census[13] there were 33,008 people, 10,713 households, and 8,784 families residing in the township. The population density was 4,292.7 people per square mile (1,657.3/km²). There were 11,124 housing units at an average density of 1,446.7 per square mile (558.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 66.71% African American, 24.67% White, 0.30% Native American, 1.70% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.62% from other races, and 3.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.05% of the population.[38][39]

There were 10,713 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.0% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.36.[38][39]


11 posted on 09/08/2013 6:13:06 PM PDT by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real, they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: autumnraine

More regulations — any food taken from the vendor is considered “sold” and cannot be returned and resold to another customer.


12 posted on 09/08/2013 6:14:37 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: SMGFan
Government school is child abuse.
13 posted on 09/08/2013 6:16:40 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: workerbee

At our school, they are allowed to charge until about $15, and the school sends a collection letter. If payment is not received after a week, they give the kids a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a carton of milk.

My grand daughter takes her lunch. She can’t stand most of the school lunches.


14 posted on 09/08/2013 6:17:25 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: SMGFan

Fort Lauderdale company offers alternative to lunch lines in Broward schools (Vending machines)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3061832/posts


15 posted on 09/08/2013 6:17:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: SMGFan

Here in Marion County, FL, the kid gets a PBJ sandwich and a note to take home to his parents about the lunch money deficit. They won’t let a kid go hungry. What’s with the libs in NJ anyway? Is there a school millage vote coming up soon or some other raise-school-tax drive?


16 posted on 09/08/2013 6:19:29 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: SMGFan

Oh, sorry. That kid's a cracker. Never mind...

17 posted on 09/08/2013 6:19:53 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: SMGFan
Hey parent(s), here is an idea:

It worked when I went to school.

18 posted on 09/08/2013 6:21:38 PM PDT by Petrosius
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To: SMGFan

If I was a kid I’d probably dodge the chickpeas, fried grasshoppers, etc from Moo and go hungry or bring a peanut butter sandwich. But it is the Socialist Republic of Maryland which probably dictates that you must eat school lunches and that contraband (anything) that you bring from home is barred.


19 posted on 09/08/2013 6:22:24 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Progressives are never accountable for "unintended consequences" .... just for causing most)
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To: rbg81
Why should [tax-funded] schools be responsible for feeding kids?

Because the food stamps get spent on other things.

20 posted on 09/08/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT by fso301
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To: greeneyes

“...they give the kids a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a carton of milk.”

that seem reasonable, in fact that’s all a lunch should be, although I still remember the cr*ppy but somehow still good tuna sandwiches that I could buy in HS for like $2-


21 posted on 09/08/2013 6:27:25 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Petrosius

Yup, that lunch costs all of a buck. Add in a half pint of milk and the kid has his daily intake.


22 posted on 09/08/2013 6:28:14 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: workerbee

So weird, though. Roles have gotten twisted and ossified into caricatures of what the good Lord intended life on earth to be like.

Feed the kid... and send a bill home with him. Might be paid, might not, but at least they tried to close the loop. Deduct that from foodstamps if need be... that would be an appropriate link (no pun intended).


23 posted on 09/08/2013 6:31:16 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: SMGFan

Most of the kids are on welfare which includes in that money three meals a day for everyone in the family. Reduced price meals or free meals only gives the parent(s) the extra money needed to buy drugs or booze. If a kid is on welfare and hasn’t any money for lunch, the child needs to be turned over to Child Protection Agency and the parent(s) jailed for neglect.


24 posted on 09/08/2013 6:39:56 PM PDT by AKinAK
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

And creepy-ass!


25 posted on 09/08/2013 6:41:07 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
My mother was a teacher, began teaching during WW2. She was horrified at the thought of a child in her classroom ever going hungry, and she would always pay for any child's meal and/or milk break. She said it happened because the parents had no money, or it because the child lost her lunch money or forgot it. If it was the latter, a sheep-faced parent would show up and reimburse her. If the former, she would usually get a thank you note. She said all of her colleagues always felt the same way. How things have changed!
26 posted on 09/08/2013 6:41:53 PM PDT by erkelly (Never underestimate the stupidity of the stupid party!)
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To: Petrosius

1. That peanut butter might spark an allergic reaction with a fellow student in a classroom in another annex of the school.

2. Jelly? Do I need to tell Moochelle on you about your failure to obey the new rules about sweets?

3. That tree-killing paper bag just screams out about your indifference to the environment and your hatred of trees.

4. Apples feel pain.


27 posted on 09/08/2013 6:41:56 PM PDT by digger48
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To: RetiredTexasVet
If I was a kid I’d probably dodge the chickpeas, fried grasshoppers, etc from Moo and go hungry or bring a peanut butter sandwich. But it is the Socialist Republic of Maryland which probably dictates that you must eat school lunches and that contraband (anything) that you bring from home is barred.

Which makes bringing your own mandatory. Defiance to totalitarian busybodies is not optional.

28 posted on 09/08/2013 6:42:44 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Petrosius

What a concept! Feeding your own kid.


29 posted on 09/08/2013 6:43:28 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: erkelly

Parents have become distanced from kids and the social norms have encouraged, not discouraged this.


30 posted on 09/08/2013 6:44:19 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: digger48
4. Apples feel pain.

Then bite a liberal instead. (Make sure your shots are up-to-date.)

31 posted on 09/08/2013 6:45:18 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: SMGFan
Would it not be wiser to collect the money at the beginning of the lunch line, rather than the end? This way if the child has no money, then the food is not tossed.

And surely there must be another way to keep the child from going hungry if the parent(s) fail to refill the account? Perhaps leftovers from the previous day? Just thinking?

32 posted on 09/08/2013 6:45:42 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: SMGFan
My kids schools have pretty much always done this. They get a cheese sandwich and milk. Cheese, bread, and milk-no dinero, no comida.

Ofcourse, shawty eats on my dime all day long (breakfast and lunch) and doesn't have to worry about running out of lunch money.

33 posted on 09/08/2013 6:45:46 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: SMGFan
For years, I was sent to school with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, some celery stalks and maybe a Ding-Dong or a Twinkie. All of which resided in my Partridge Family lunchbox. I also had lunchboxes of the Banana Splits, Speed Racer and Evil Knievel. I don't think they had a lunch box for Archie Bunker or I would have had that one too.

All this talk about how children are being denied "hot lunches" in school, like it is some kind of right, is laughable.

When I got to 8th grade, back in 1975, the school finally started offering "hot lunches" for something like 75 cents. On Mondays, you got a crusty fish stick. On Wednesday, you got macaroni. On Fridays, you got a gloppy square of pizza. I don't remember what they had on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


34 posted on 09/08/2013 6:46:33 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: jocon307

Grand daughter would rather have peanut butter and jelly sandwich than the school lunch.LOL

In fact it would probably be better for most of the kids than what they usually eat.

I know my memory is not so good, but mostly I liked our school lunches especially when younger - they did get worse with time. I was a picky eater, and never liked every thing on my plate. I really liked spinach for some reason, and the teacher and all the kids at the table used to give me their spinach to eat. Can’t stand the stuff now. Isn’t that strange?

But oh my some of the stuff was soooo good. Like those augratin potatoes made with the government cheese. Great chili with government cheese sandwiches. Turkey, dressing, homemade rolls and green beans. And every Thursday, homemade cinnamon rolls that would make all the cinnabon places at Malls jealous.LOL

We had some goooooood cooks!


35 posted on 09/08/2013 6:50:46 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: RetiredTexasVet
"If I was a kid I’d probably dodge the chickpeas, fried grasshoppers, etc from Moo and go hungry or bring a peanut butter sandwich. But it is the Socialist Republic of Maryland which probably dictates that you must eat school lunches and that contraband (anything) that you bring from home is barred."

A lot of schools, especially here in pinko socialist Kanuckistan have banned peanut butter (the whole world is supposed to coddle the one or two kids who can't have it, dontcha know). Bringing it onto school property is almost worse than bringing a gun.

36 posted on 09/08/2013 6:56:42 PM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: SMGFan

kids all over America are throwing their new ‘healthy michelle’ lunches into the garbage anyway

let’s close down this idea that schools are also restaurants.
they already have plenty of trouble just teaching basic ABC’s.

let the parents send their little precious bundles of joy to school with sack lunches. it works just FINE!

and it might remind the parents that they actually have a few parental responsibilities, too

who knows, the next thing.. might be... the parents making sure their rug rats actually do some homework for a change?

or is that hoping for too much?

(note that whenver enough Chinese immigrants move into a town, the school achievement scores shoot straight up)


37 posted on 09/08/2013 6:59:30 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (E)
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Gee I remember very well that when I went to school then you could not get a free lunch unless you were on the free lunch program for very low income people. If you did not have any money or you had not qualified for the program(including meeting the programs filing requirements) then you did not get a lunch from the school. End of story.


38 posted on 09/08/2013 7:00:43 PM PDT by Revel
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To: SamAdams76
Yeah what was the deal with school lunch pizza?

Ours always had a mushy crust. Terrible.

It takes a special kind of government involvement to foul up pizza.

Maybe it came in a can and was ladled onto the tray.

39 posted on 09/08/2013 7:02:22 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: SamAdams76
All this talk about how children are being denied "hot lunches" in school, like it is some kind of right, is laughable.

I was in Catholic school for grades 1 - 8, and while there was a kitchen onsite for various church-related functions, we didn't have "cafeteria" meals. Everyone brought his/her own lunch, and we (gasp!) ate at our desks. We were even expected to clean up after ourselves!

So, yeah, I get where you're coming from. Maybe because I'm female, because I'm a mother, who knows.... I would have a really hard time seeing a kid being told "no lunch for you!" day after day, just because the parent was a jerk. So in that respect I'm glad (at least in our school system) there is some sort of provision for the no-pays (as I wrote earlier, cheese sandwich and milk). Of course, then there's the free breakfast.... ughh...

40 posted on 09/08/2013 7:07:39 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: SamAdams76

p.s. My sister had that Partridge family lunchbox and thermos. I was soooo jealous.


41 posted on 09/08/2013 7:09:10 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: SMGFan
Why should there be a lunch program (or breakfast or dinner) in the first place?

It's the "Education" system, not the "food service" system.

It's a huge case of government scope-creep.

How many tax dollars would be saved if all of the bureaucracies associated with feeding kids in school were eliminated?

He or she is your kid, pack them a friggin' lunch.

42 posted on 09/08/2013 7:34:47 PM PDT by Washi
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To: SMGFan

There is no free lunch anyway:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmqoCHR14n8


43 posted on 09/08/2013 8:09:54 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: SMGFan

Liberals have little use for children whose parents don’t pay into the liberal coffers when requited.


44 posted on 09/08/2013 8:09:59 PM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
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To: SMGFan

The American people strongly endorse hot school lunches even if they taste bad. Former U.S. Rep. Bruce Alger, R-TX, was voted out in 1964 in part because he was a long-term critic of the high costs of the program. People want their “lunches”.


45 posted on 09/08/2013 8:11:55 PM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
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To: SMGFan

That’s how it was in the ‘60s, no token, no lunch, I was always losing mine.


46 posted on 09/08/2013 8:55:02 PM PDT by tiki (60)
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To: SMGFan

NJ has no free lunch program?

or did the governor transfer it all to his lunch account?


47 posted on 09/08/2013 8:55:19 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SMGFan

They throw it in the trash? Seriously?

and these people are allowed to keep their jobs?


48 posted on 09/08/2013 8:56:05 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: rbg81

If your kids are forced to be there all day, they should feed your kids. Come to think of it the school should provide all the school supplies and uniforms too.

The kids/parents aren’t given a choice in going to school, then the inmates have to be fed


49 posted on 09/08/2013 8:57:43 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SMGFan

Along the lines of “Why does God need a starship?”

Why do people on food stamps need free school lunches?

Are their parents too lazy to take some of the free food and pack it for them in the morning?


50 posted on 09/08/2013 9:04:29 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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