In the early 1980’s my wife ran a daycare center out of our house. Back then it was easy. You take people’s kids, watch them for the day, along with a meal, and the parents pay you money. Pretty sweet.
And because of it we would go to these events and get tons of free government cheese in five lb rectangles. It was pretty sweet, actually. Meanwhile, we made about $40,000 a year not counting the childcare income. Not a bad deal.
And I got some of my taxes back through free cheese. :-D
—Nor is there any shame anymore in asking for a handout.—
As a taxpayer, I never see it as a handout. I see it as a refund.
pizza at school is grease-laden, the cheese like rubber
The pizza must have changed since I went.
The pizza we would get wasn’t exactly like regular pizza—it was square and didn’t have much cheese but it was a delicious junk food!
At the snack bar we could get a slice of pizza for .50, an ice cream or little Deb treat for .15 and a milk for .05 or get a cup of soda for .20 in the machines. If you spent well, there would have enough for a pack of wintergreen lifesavers out of the vending machine! YUM!
One could buy the lunch trays but you had to stay in the cafeteria with that and the only good thing on them was the dinner roll. I still believe those were the best dinner rolls I’ve ever eaten! I still compare most all rolls to my memory of those big fluffy, yeasty, thangs!
I don’t recall many getting free lunch when I went to school, though I’m sure some did.
We ate how we wanted to eat and there were few fat kids.
Hey, its the American Way these days -— Gimme gimme gimme and make the “rich” pay for it. If you don’t get what you want, riot. Conservatives say we live in a “center right” country. B.S. We live in a country where at least half the population thinks its OK to vote themselves $$$$$ out of their neighbors’ wallets.
Seeing all these smiling “chilrens” reminds me when I was young and my dad left my mother with four kids and an infant to raise us without a nickel of support...we had free lunches and I felt deep shame in getting something for free...not all smiles and entitled
You should see the number of parents drving up in new cars to drop their kids off for “free” breakfast and lunch - many of them illegals.
They have no qualms taking everything they can get.
free lunch program participation is tied to per-puil funding. if you can’t fudge the numbers to make everyone look destitute, you lose money and unions can’t expand and get more dues and elect more ‘rats.
Government nutrition programs are NOT designed to get nutritious meals to poor folks’ kids. They are designed to get control of the schools and the children. They are a big source of funds for any school district and their deployment becomes quickly contingent on toeing the federal line in all areas of public child incarceration.