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Brown Bag Ban: Fed Gov Tells Preschool Parents No Lunch From Home Without a Doctor’s Note
DC Clothesline ^ | 10/23/2013 | Daisy Luther

Posted on 10/23/2013 8:51:52 AM PDT by IbJensen

It looks like the days of trading half of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich for half of your best friend’s ham sandwich may soon be over if the federal government has anything to do with it.

A Richmond, Virginia mother received the following note, telling her not to pack a lunch for her pre-school age child. (source: Momdot.com)

Dear Parents,

I have received word from Federal Programs Preschool pertaining to lunches from home. Parents are to be informed that students can only bring lunches from home if there is a medical condition requiring a specific diet, along with a physicians note to that regard.

I am sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Stephanie [redacted] the Health Coordinator for Federal Programs Preschool at [redacted].

Thanks,

Ms. [redacted]

Really???????????

As a family, we have made the decision to avoid a host of ingredients that are all found in abundance in school lunches. We don’t consume: ◾GMOs ◾Pesticides ◾Artificial colors and flavors ◾Preservatives ◾Hormone laden meat and dairy

But this week at my daughter’s school, the offerings are: ◾Corn dog or chicken nuggets, tater tots ◾Beef tostada boat or PB and J on white bread ◾Pepperoni pizza or fish sticks with roll ◾Pretzel sticks with cheese sauce or chicken teriyaki ◾Cheeseburger or breaded chicken patty with seasoned fries

There is not one thing on that list that falls into our normal diet. Add a side of rBGH-filled milk and a corn-syrup laden “fruit cup” and you have a complete nutritional disaster.

Why should the parents be required to bear the expense of a doctor’s visit to get the required note to be allowed to send healthful, homemade lunches for their children?

I’m glad you asked.

It’s all about profit and control.

Because, you see, the federal government must have all the little children on board in order to subsidize the farmers, make the rich richer, and make the poor sicker. Throw in some Obamacare to treat the resulting nutritionally-driven illnesses and it is a win-win situation – at least it is if you own a food processing plant, a medical facility, or a factory farm and you’re not the ones eating that so-called food.

Agricultural surplus is used to provide a base of food which is provided to the schools free of charge. It is then turned into processed junk for the public school system while the food manufacturers profit. The National School Lunch Program, enacted in 1946, has a mission besides just feeding hungry children: to subsidize the agricultural business by using up beef, cheese, and pork. The school lunches are loaded with these artery-clogging ingredients, in the most processed forms possible. According to an article in the NY Times, here’s how it happens:

The Agriculture Department pays about $1 billion a year for commodities like fresh apples and sweet potatoes, chickens and turkeys. Schools get the food free; some cook it on site, but more and more pay processors to turn these healthy ingredients into fried chicken nuggets, fruit pastries, pizza and the like. Some $445 million worth of commodities are sent for processing each year, a nearly 50 percent increase since 2006.

The Agriculture Department doesn’t track spending to process the food, but school authorities do. The Michigan Department of Education, for example, gets free raw chicken worth $11.40 a case and sends it for processing into nuggets at $33.45 a case. The schools in San Bernardino, Calif., spend $14.75 to make French fries out of $5.95 worth of potatoes.

The money is ill spent. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has warned that sending food to be processed often means lower nutritional value and noted that “many schools continue to exceed the standards for fat, saturated fat and sodium.” A 2008 study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that by the time many healthier commodities reach students, “they have about the same nutritional value as junk foods.”

Why is this allowed to happen? Part of it is that school authorities don’t want the trouble of overseeing real kitchens. Part of it is that the management companies are saving money by not having to pay skilled kitchen workers.

In addition, the management companies have a cozy relationship with food processers, which routinely pay the companies rebates (typically around 14 percent) in return for contracts. The rebates have generally been kept secret from schools, which are charged the full price.

So, lots of people are making money while feeding children nutritionally bereft garbage. People who don’t know how to cook are warming up processed junk to feed to kids who cannot afford anything better. That free lunch isn’t so free when you consider the high percentage of kids suffering from obesity and chronic illnesses due to their poor nutritional intake.

Public schools serve more than 4 billion meals every year — a number that would make many fast-food chains envious — and officials say all those lunches are contributing to the growing health crisis among kids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents since 1980, spurring an epidemic of type II diabetes, once considered an adult-onset condition. Obesity has also been associated with heart disease, arthritis, and certain cancers, and researchers have found fatty streaks in the blood vessels of children as young as 10.

“USDA needs to relate the current crisis in kids’ health to the meals that are being served, especially to poor kids, because that’s the population that’s most vulnerable,” says Antonia Demas, director of the Food Studies Institute, a child-nutrition group based in upstate New York. Because low-income children often eat both breakfast and lunch at school, “they get at least two-thirds of their calories from school each day, and they’re the population really showing an increase in the diet-related diseases.” (source)

As with anything the federal government touches, school lunches are cloaked in do-gooder benevolence, but they are a poisoned gift that benefits those who already have money at the expense of our society’s most vulnerable people: poor children. As our economy continues to decline, more kids will be forced to take these “free lunches” if they expect to have anything to eat all day.

So, now, at least one school wants children to have a doctor’s note to say no to the school lunch offerings of hormones, GMOs, preservatives, and grease. They must have the permission of a professional to avoid junk food. A parent’s good judgement is not sufficient, it seems, to make the healthy decision to provide a toxin-free lunch. Does anyone else see the irony here?

Kids are a target. The school system is trying to change the rules to force us to feed our children these food-like substances and to disallow us the right to nourish them as we see fit. By controlling the food that our kids eat, they are controlling their entire lives, right down to their ability to think critically, their future fertility, and their overall lifespans.

We are lathering our skin with petrochemicals. BPA is leaching into our food and beverages. Chemtrails and questionable farming methods are tainting the air that we breathe…it’s enough for a book, not merely an article. Additives like MSG and unpronounceable non-food ingredients are killing off our brain cells and triggering the growth of cancerous cells in our bodies.

And the result of all of this? ◾Disease ◾Obesity ◾Lethargy ◾Lower IQs ◾Shorter lifespans ◾Infertility

If it was only one toxic assault, or maybe even two or three, you might be able to write this off as accidental, something that just happened due to carelessness. But with all of the evidence proving irrefutably that the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe is making us sick, how can we form any other conclusion than the one that states, “This is a deliberate attack.”

All of the alphabet agencies that are supposedly there for our protection are merely arms of the giant propaganda machine. They are there to convince us that “someone” would put a stop to it if these things were actually bad for us. They are there to dispense a false sense of confidence in our governing bodies and to make us feel as though our health and safety is their first concern.

Moderation is not an option. We have to fight back through strict avoidance.

Think about this.

Would you willingly feed your child just a “little bit of cyanide”? Would you let them have a serving of strychnine “once in a while”? Would you purposely give them a cigarette just because you “happened to be out and that is what was offered”? Would you let them drink bleach from the laundry room as long as it wasn’t in an amount that would be immediately deadly and if it was diluted so that it didn’t burn their throats when they swallowed it?

Our politicians, government officials, and “protection” agencies are bought and paid for. They are at best, complicit, and at worst, the ones instituting this. (source)

A sick, fat, malnourished populace isn’t too likely to gear up for a resistance against the powers that be when it feels like effort just to go from the couch to the refrigerator. It’s game-on for the Great American Genocide, and today’s target is your child.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: brownbags; control; evilobamaregime; forcedschoollunch; nopbandjelly; schoolkids; schoollunch; tyranny
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Down with the evil central socialist government. If Americans don't demand an end to this government and a drastic reduction to its size there will be no reversal of the evil perpetrated by this damned satanic regime!

If the parent is packing a lunch, then they are at least taking the time to make it and most likely cannot afford the lunch if they ARE packing. Not everyone qualifies for free lunches.

1 posted on 10/23/2013 8:51:52 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

Without nutrition information stamped on its side, even an orange probably wouldn’t be allowed in these statist schools.


2 posted on 10/23/2013 8:54:07 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: IbJensen

Talking about over reaching one’s authority. sheesh.


3 posted on 10/23/2013 8:56:41 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: IbJensen

Well, Daisy Luther, if you care so much about your kid, why aren’t you home teaching?


4 posted on 10/23/2013 8:58:31 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: IbJensen

My daughter is allowed the occasional school lunch in the same spirit that we allow the occasional McDonalds meal. A little junk food won’t hurt you; a lot will.


5 posted on 10/23/2013 9:01:12 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: IbJensen

I would take my child out of that school immediately! Put
your child in a private school where they can get a decent
education.


6 posted on 10/23/2013 9:01:39 AM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: IbJensen

The next thing you know, the feds will require a doctor’s note, just to go to the bathroom. The govt is infested with idiots, socialists and communists.


7 posted on 10/23/2013 9:02:50 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: SatinDoll

The author is writing about a note another parent received. For all you know, she does home-school.

Daisy Luther writes an organic prepper blog.


8 posted on 10/23/2013 9:03:36 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: IbJensen
I object to only the following:
must have all the little children on board in order to subsidize the farmers

The lions share of agricultural subsidies aren't going to "farmers", in any sense that most of us would use the word.

9 posted on 10/23/2013 9:04:23 AM PDT by jdege
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To: IbJensen

Wrong answer with the discussion about possible contaminants and such. It is a parent’s RIGHT and OBLIGATION to feed their children whatever they feel is reasonable. Parents have to rise up and DEMAND the Fed/State/Local government screw off.


10 posted on 10/23/2013 9:05:07 AM PDT by frogjerk (We are conservatives. Not libertarians, not "fiscal conservatives", not moderates)
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To: IbJensen

Although I don’t doubt that govt. bureaucrats are capable of this,The letter, as pictured, does not look like official govt. correspondence.


11 posted on 10/23/2013 9:06:34 AM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: IbJensen
Here's what happens. This is pre-school, which means it's head start. A lot (if not all) of these programs are full day, and they're for at-risk children from poor families. Everything is free....free breakfast, free lunch, free snacks. What it is, it's total control of the underclass for their brave new world.

The parents are getting what they pay for. That is, they've surrendered their 3 and 4 year olds to the state. Why should they get to choose what they eat?

(PS: I don't like Head Start programs. Parents should raise their kids, even if they don't do it very well. JMHO.)

12 posted on 10/23/2013 9:09:23 AM PDT by grania
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To: IbJensen

When I went to school 1952-1964, the school lunches were great (except the ones at Aztec, NM, beyond horrible).
Where we lived close to the school we went home for lunch. I still remember the lunch meat and mustard on white bread sandwiches mom made and the glass of cold milk. They were great!

When we lived in the oil and gas camps, where there was no lunch at school, we took our lunches and they still were great.

Best lunches were in Denver Colorado, 1953.


13 posted on 10/23/2013 9:10:45 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: IbJensen

Is this a confirmed true story?
What is the Virginia school district?
What is the school?

Note that the mother’s concern about healthiness, and the health comparison of school lunches vs her lunches, is irrelevant.


14 posted on 10/23/2013 9:12:22 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: IbJensen

Just shut up and bow.


15 posted on 10/23/2013 9:12:32 AM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: Mark17
The next thing you know, the feds will require a doctor’s note, just to go to the bathroom.

Not the bathroom per say, but WHICH BATHROOM.

16 posted on 10/23/2013 9:13:32 AM PDT by Zeneta
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To: IbJensen
Because, you see, the federal government must have all the little children on board in order to subsidize the farmers...

So this is ObamaLunch?

Force the children to pay for lunches at schools in order to fund the growers and distributors?

So, not only will parents pay for their groceries at home, they will also pay for their children's lunches at school so they can redistribute this money to others in the school lunch system?

How is forcing schoolchildren with ready access to home food to buy school lunches any different than forcing healthy young people to purchase health insurance that they don't want or need?

This is nothing but an individual mandate on children to buy school lunches. I think that there have been many court cases already where government bans on using your own products were overturned as de facto forcing of people to use the government product. I wish I could be more specific, but my memory isn't that good.

-PJ

17 posted on 10/23/2013 9:16:20 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: IbJensen

Clearly a sack lunch is an impediment to interstate commerce. The feds MUST exercise their authority. /s


18 posted on 10/23/2013 9:16:37 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: IbJensen

Who pays the piper calls the tune.


19 posted on 10/23/2013 9:17:57 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: IbJensen

Every day I feel more and more like I’m living inside Alice in Wonderland’s looking glass.


20 posted on 10/23/2013 9:19:03 AM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: IbJensen

Schools throw out more food than they consume.


21 posted on 10/23/2013 9:19:54 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Lizavetta

I feel like I’m living in the Soviet Union.


22 posted on 10/23/2013 9:20:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: IbJensen
Federal Programs Preschool

WTF is that?

23 posted on 10/23/2013 9:22:18 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: IbJensen

Dear Parents,

I have received word from Federal Programs Preschool pertaining to lunches from home. Parents are to be informed that students can only bring lunches from home if there is a medical condition requiring a specific diet, along with a physicians note to that regard.

Dear School Administrator,

Tell the folks at Federal Programs Preschool where they can stick that instruction, your choice of locations. If you interfere with my child eating the nutritious lunch I prepared by following their directives, I’ll have your head on a stick.

Mom & Dad


24 posted on 10/23/2013 9:31:14 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: IbJensen

So then can be feed a diet of government bullshit


25 posted on 10/23/2013 9:31:40 AM PDT by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: IbJensen

My son would probably have starved under that rule. First, he thought standing in line was a waste of his short lunch time. Second, he usually hated whatever the cafeteria was serving. And third, he used to actually sell half the short turkey sub I would make him for a quarter. It would have cramped his money making ability. :)


26 posted on 10/23/2013 9:41:14 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Zeneta
Not the bathroom per say, but WHICH BATHROOM.

Yes, you are right. We also have to worry about "which bathroom" Disgusting, but true.

27 posted on 10/23/2013 9:44:45 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: IbJensen

With so many from the younger generations ‘allergic’ to Peanuts, how come the school can serve PB & Jelly on white bread sandwiches????

I don’t get it.


28 posted on 10/23/2013 9:46:55 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

There were 4 kids in our family. There was NO cafeteria in either the high school or the one room school we all attended.

We made PB & strawberry jam sandwiches every day for all 4. It took a whole loaf of bread for this chore—every day.

There was cold fresh water brought in every day in the one room school, as it had NOT running water.

The high school had a dispenser which we could get a small carton of milk out of for 5 cents. We all were out of high school before a cafeteria was installed with a large addition to the school. The one room school was sold & turned into a house. It is still there today.


29 posted on 10/23/2013 9:51:49 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: IbJensen

They really want to have complete control over the child: morals, religion, opinions, and food. The earlier they get them the sooner they can mold them into little conforming sheepish marxists.


30 posted on 10/23/2013 9:56:10 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: IbJensen

Agenda 21?


31 posted on 10/23/2013 9:57:47 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("OK, youse guys, pair off by threes." - Yogi Berra)
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To: IbJensen

government pre-school

why send your kid to that?


32 posted on 10/23/2013 9:58:56 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: IbJensen

All sustenance must come from the state. Education, health care, food. Gets them used to depending on government instead of a loving family. Easier to start dishing out the Soylent Green.


33 posted on 10/23/2013 10:03:58 AM PDT by informavoracious (Root for Obamacare and healthcare.gov failure!)
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To: IbJensen

I’d much rather send something from home that I “know” my child will eat for lunch. He may or may not eat what is offered in the school cafeteria, and sometimes I wouldn’t either. On those days should he just be hungry all day at school? Most of all, we as parents are “supposed” to actually raise our kids.. not the government


34 posted on 10/23/2013 10:04:23 AM PDT by pnz1
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To: Mark17

It seems to me that the liberal establishment feels very comfortable in their knowledge that they have educated, indoctrinated or otherwise conditioned a sufficient number of people which allows them to reach for greater control.

The conditioning, IMHO, is not what most folks think of when it comes to advancing their “progressive agenda”.

They are, and have been, conditioning people to accept “Uncertainty” about how they run their lives.

The concept is to remove the individual by undermining their ideas of self-sufficiency and replacing it with an all knowing and all caring Government.


35 posted on 10/23/2013 10:05:14 AM PDT by Zeneta
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To: jdege

If they are so concerned about the “farmers” why do we bring in all this foreign food, etc. instead of using what is grown/raised in the US?


36 posted on 10/23/2013 10:05:28 AM PDT by pnz1
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To: IbJensen; All
The states have never delegated to the federal government, via the Constitution, the speciific power to regulate school lunches.

Sadly, the reason that citizens get upset when the federal government oversteps it constitutionally limited powers by establishing such policies is that citizens are not being taught about the federal government's constitutionally limited powers.

37 posted on 10/23/2013 10:09:39 AM PDT by Amendment10
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To: IbJensen

This is what you get when you let the govt overstep it’s constitutional bounds...utter nonsense.


38 posted on 10/23/2013 10:12:57 AM PDT by lgjhn23 (It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
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To: IbJensen

Maybe all kids should be required to wear T-shirts saying “PROPERTY OF U.S. GOVERNMENT”.


39 posted on 10/23/2013 10:18:16 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: IbJensen

Pretzel sticks with cheese sauce?


40 posted on 10/23/2013 10:20:06 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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To: mbarker12474
Is this a confirmed true story? What is the Virginia school district? What is the school?

Did you get an answer? Some of these stories that cone through here are bogus. This one smells like it.

41 posted on 10/23/2013 10:27:09 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: IbJensen
I am reminded of the satiric novel Moscow 2042 by Vladimir Voinovich. In the novel, true socialism was said to have been achieved when when primary matter (food) equaled secondary matter (feces).
42 posted on 10/23/2013 10:39:42 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I only ate the lunch from my grade school for part of one year in the 8th grade. The food was several measures beyond horrible. I still have nightmares about the awful smelling green beans in the soup and other ahem “delicacies.” Even the peanut butter sandwiches used some kind of industrial sludge for the peanut butter. Then one day the head nun i.e. principal said I lived too close to school (about one mile) to use the school lunch program. I happily told my mother I would be coming home for noon lunch.


43 posted on 10/23/2013 10:50:25 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: JimRed

“-—head on a stick” Yeah, been there, done that exact thing about three decades ago. Our son’s grade school gave us a form to fill out for free lunches. That meant we’d have to lie about our income. We declined and explained our son likes his own home-packs just fine and they weren’t to be screwed with. To the extent that his friends were always trying to trade him out of his home jobs. It took a couple head-to-head meetings in the first couple years but the school folks quickly learned to leave us the bleep alone and our son scooted out as valedictorian.


44 posted on 10/23/2013 11:06:46 AM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: grania

No. Head start has income guidelines. And in our state is not affiliated with the school. Pre school is on school property and is things they used to do in kindergarden. Like writing letters and numbers and story time.


45 posted on 10/23/2013 11:07:08 AM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: chae

Get a name. Drag that person into a school yard and let the kids beat the crap out of him/her.

Funny thing is we know it is a Democrat.


46 posted on 10/23/2013 11:20:08 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Senator Cruz basically made the Democrats fight for a whole bunch of things that they already had.")
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To: IbJensen

I don’t know about all of the reasons the author gives. I think it’s just authority auto-pilot taken to the extreme. “We know better than anyone”. Maybe Mooch’s attempt to assert the high-ground on nutrition fits in here, too, even though the institutional meals probably aren’t all that nutritious.


47 posted on 10/23/2013 11:39:58 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: chae

What parents used to teach their kids.


48 posted on 10/23/2013 11:58:23 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

—When I went to school 1952-1964—

Only took 12 posts for the obligatory “HEY HERE’S A STORY ABOUT MEEEEEE” post that has nothing at all to do with the story at hand.

There must be a lot of lonely people out there.


49 posted on 10/23/2013 12:32:41 PM PDT by JoeTheGeorgian
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To: IbJensen

Even tiny tots are not spared from government healthcare rationing. That is the REAL reason for this.


50 posted on 10/23/2013 12:46:11 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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