Skip to comments.No free lunch: N.J. school will deny students meals if they have no money, report says
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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What’s the difference?
If they have money, they get underfed. If they have no money, they don’t get fed.
Why throw it away?
>> 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.
Willingboro has a huge black population.
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.
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.
If they are not, *I* am! (not in NJ, but in my state)
In Jersey, most of our very high property taxes go to pay for the crazy, convoluted public school system in this state.
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.
Census 2000[edit source]
As of the 2000 United States Census 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.
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.
More regulations — any food taken from the vendor is considered “sold” and cannot be returned and resold to another customer.
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.
Fort Lauderdale company offers alternative to lunch lines in Broward schools (Vending machines)
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?
Oh, sorry. That kid's a cracker. Never mind...
It worked when I went to school.
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.
Because the food stamps get spent on other things.
“...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-
Yup, that lunch costs all of a buck. Add in a half pint of milk and the kid has his daily intake.
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).
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.
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.
Which makes bringing your own mandatory. Defiance to totalitarian busybodies is not optional.
What a concept! Feeding your own kid.
Parents have become distanced from kids and the social norms have encouraged, not discouraged this.
Then bite a liberal instead. (Make sure your shots are up-to-date.)
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?
Ofcourse, shawty eats on my dime all day long (breakfast and lunch) and doesn't have to worry about running out of lunch money.
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.
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!
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.
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)
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.
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.
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...
p.s. My sister had that Partridge family lunchbox and thermos. I was soooo jealous.
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.
There is no free lunch anyway:
Liberals have little use for children whose parents don’t pay into the liberal coffers when requited.
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”.
That’s how it was in the ‘60s, no token, no lunch, I was always losing mine.
NJ has no free lunch program?
or did the governor transfer it all to his lunch account?
They throw it in the trash? Seriously?
and these people are allowed to keep their jobs?
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
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?