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Parents outraged that Mass.
kids were denied lunch

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:beancounter, 4/6/2013 5:21:39 PM

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — As many as 25 students at a Massachusetts school were denied lunch this week — with at least some forced to dump their food in the garbage — because they couldn´t pay, school officials and parents said. Outraged parents said some students at Coelho Middle School in Attleboro cried when they were told by a worker for the district´s food service provider they could not eat on Tuesday because they couldn´t pay or their pre-paid accounts were short on funds. The on-site director for the company, Whitsons Culinary Group of Islandia, N.Y., was placed on administrative leave by

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When I was a kid, my mother always packed a lunch for me, as I do for my son, and we´ve never gone hungry.

My son is one of the few in his school who do not get the school lunch, partly because we are too honest to lie on the school lunch application form.

Why is this so difficult?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Thos Weatherby, 4/6/2013 5:27:21 PM     (No. 9263063)

Sounds like child neglect. Parents should make sure their kids have enough money in their food account.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 4/6/2013 5:41:05 PM     (No. 9263068)

When I was in middle school, I usually made my own lunch. If I was to eat in the cafeteria, I carried money.

The problem with this setup is that the kids got to the end of the food service line before they found out they didn´t have enough money "on account". Fix that system.

The school has rules. The parents and the kids know the rules. It´s up to the parents to keep money in their kids´ accounts.

None of these kids starved that day.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Hays, 4/6/2013 5:45:53 PM     (No. 9263073)

Should have made the kids work it off like a 1940´s diner.

A little shame will help the kids remember to refill their lunch cards. Too bad they wasted food but I doubt this was the first time they "forgot" to pay.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: theeo, 4/6/2013 5:46:03 PM     (No. 9263074)

Child neglect is with the parents who don´t send their children to school with lunch regardless of what the school demands.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: BadgerBill, 4/6/2013 5:48:16 PM     (No. 9263077)

Ding, ding, ding OP.

Food should come from home, not from the indoctrinators.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 4/6/2013 5:51:56 PM     (No. 9263080)

Maybe they were just testing to see if the kids would go hungry instead of questioning the judgment of the educrat bureaucrats.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mitzi, 4/6/2013 5:52:24 PM     (No. 9263082)

In grammar school - we went home for lunch.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Coy860, 4/6/2013 5:53:20 PM     (No. 9263083)

My school had no cafeteria (back in the dark ages)..we all brought our lunches from home, but if someone showed up without a lunch for whatever reason, we all pitched in from our own lunches. To this day I cut my sandwich into quarters out of habit.
When my kids attended school, there was a "self help" table with cheese sandwiches and p&j sandwiches and assorted fruits. Anyone could go help themselves free.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Japanorama, 4/6/2013 5:54:20 PM     (No. 9263084)

Let me be the Devil´s advocate for a moment:
Being denied lunch taught the kids the value of money; that nothing is free.
Might it not give them resolve to better educate themselves so that this does not happen again?
Tough love?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: reilly, 4/6/2013 5:56:41 PM     (No. 9263088)


In Realville there´s no free lunch. Someday Obama voters will face this fact. In the meantime, we go broke. Thank a liberal.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: harper, 4/6/2013 6:04:57 PM     (No. 9263101)

Free stuff is a right, apparently.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Emmajustin, 4/6/2013 6:08:45 PM     (No. 9263109)

Future democrats. Cry and whine and viola you get what you want.
We pay in advance with our order form.
No free lunch for our kids.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: uno, 4/6/2013 6:17:53 PM     (No. 9263121)

Outrage of the Lo-Fos...Hey! Hollyweird aughta make a movie!!
If for no other reason than to honor all those unforgetable Zombie movies such as:
Zombie Women of Satan
Zombie Town
Zombie Rampage - (and who could forget Zombie Rampage 2)!
King of the Zombies
I Walked with a Zombie
Night of the Living Dead
Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies
Etc...

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Kathleentexas, 4/6/2013 6:33:29 PM     (No. 9263137)

My son´s school would give you a PBJ and milk if your account was empty. Once. Then it was up to the student to tell us the account was empty and replenish or pack a lunch. His was never empty. The staff would tell him when it was below $10.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Steele81, 4/6/2013 6:34:09 PM     (No. 9263139)

Our tiny town is dealing with the school lunch program now. Falsified forms giving bfast and lunch to those who are not qualified. BIg problem for director and school district as those funds will have to be repaid. Our district has always pushed free reduced lunch. There must be big money in it

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Gagolfer, 4/6/2013 6:37:41 PM     (No. 9263144)

The kids were supposed to get a cheese sandwich and milk if they couldn´t pay for the regular lunch. Wonder if they did and if not why not. They wouldn´t have been left to go hungry.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: woodsman, 4/6/2013 6:44:34 PM     (No. 9263150)

Serve those that "forget" their responsibilities liver and onions....They won´t forget again

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Reply 18 - Posted by: mort, 4/6/2013 7:13:37 PM     (No. 9263164)

If you can´t afford to give your child lunch perhaps you shouldn´t be a parent!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 4/6/2013 7:33:36 PM     (No. 9263181)

It seems obvious that the ´´pay station´´ where their cards are swiped is at the wrong end of the lunch line. Flawed system...

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Reply 20 - Posted by: thewarden, 4/6/2013 7:35:52 PM     (No. 9263182)

12 years of Catholic school, no cafeteria and the love of Mom´s yummy packed lunches. Raise your kids yourself! Dollars to donuts these parents are Obama voters.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 4/6/2013 7:41:20 PM     (No. 9263188)

My daughter is an HONOR STUDENT and she was denied lunch! Oh the horror. Tell you what John Greaves, get off your lazy rear and work and pay for your own little precious honor student´s lunch. And here´s a newsflash, just because she´s an honor student she´s not better than anyone else or entitled to anything.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 4/6/2013 8:24:48 PM     (No. 9263223)

How many parents of these kids have an iPhone and the IPhone plan that costs at least $79 a month? How many of these kids are also receiving free breakfast? Welfare parents have no idea how much it costs to raise a child, because they aren´t paying for the child.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: jalo1951, 4/6/2013 8:43:33 PM     (No. 9263234)

#16 The more free and reduced lunches a school serves the more money they receive. Yes, there is big money involved.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Namma, 4/6/2013 8:43:53 PM     (No. 9263235)

I asked my sister who happens to run a school lunch program just like this...not enough money in the accounts...deny lunch..its the LAW....

BTW...go out to dinner and dont take enough money with you for dinner...see if you get a free dinner

Where are the PARENTS

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Scribelus, 4/6/2013 8:54:59 PM     (No. 9263247)

For an ever-so-brief shining moment, Attleboro caught a glimpse of the real world through the foul miasma of socialist entitlements. I hope that there was an accompanying chill breeze before the Peoples´ Republic sent in the Kollectivist Kommandos and anesthesia returned.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: athina, 4/6/2013 9:57:36 PM     (No. 9263314)

I refused to use the lunch accounts. Better the kid learn what money is and how to pay for things using money - I think I forgot to give one of my children money once or twice... just got a note home that we owed $1.40 or whatever ridiculous, federally subsidized amount it was.

By the time they got to middle school, we gave them a weekly lunch allowance and they had to manage it themselves. Can´t blame Mom and Dad for not keeping the accounts up to date.

This situation sounds like it was handled poorly. But of course you have blowhard parents like the one in the article who is teaching his children that it´s always somebody else´s fault when he or his parents screw up.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 4/6/2013 11:23:47 PM     (No. 9263385)

Who in their right gov mind gives a kid food and then tells them to dump it in the trash ?
There is so much food waste in schools-just like the federal gov feedbag.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: killerbee, 4/7/2013 1:29:18 AM     (No. 9263430)

They do this at my daughters´ schools too. We have a system where you can put your credit card on file and the account replenishes itself. You can easily track it as well.

I told my daughter that if any of her friends didn´t have money for lunch -- or another kid got slammed at the checkout -- she was to put their lunch on her card. One time per kid, of course, not every day.

But what I really hate is that my daughter´s school actually runs out of food before everyone is served which leaves kids hungry again. That is totally unacceptable and is completely on them.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Spidey, 4/7/2013 4:55:42 AM     (No. 9263476)

Back when I was in high school the lunches were terrible except for spaghetti and hot dogs. The rest of the time i bought an ice cream sandwich. To this day I hate those sobs.

But I was under the impression if you didn´t have money for lunch you could borrow it and pay it back the next day.

I don´t buy the lessons learned angle here because the education bureaucracy isn´t about teaching personal responsibility. This was just a bonehead bureaucratic screwup and the person has been suspended.The one size fits all rules the government imposes have for the digression of the person in charge.

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/18/2014 9:28:24 PM     Post Reply
Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal


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