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More students qualifying for
free or reduced lunches

Keene Sentinel [NH], by Kaitlin Mulhere

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/30/2013 9:26:33 AM

The rates of children who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches has ballooned over a decade. Yet area school officials say there are more eligible families who don´t apply for the program, which not only provides access to meals but also qualifies schools for federal grants and additional state money. The percentage of students in New Hampshire who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches grew by 66 percent over 10 years. As of October 2012, 46,659, or 27.3 percent, of New Hampshire public school students in grades 1 through 12 qualified for the program, up from 16.4 percent


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Reply 1 - Posted by: reilly, 12/30/2013 9:30:09 AM     (No. 9672657)

What about "no free lunch"? Parents are responsible for lunch.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: smcchk, 12/30/2013 9:38:54 AM     (No. 9672671)

It isn’t just free lunch anymore; it is free breakfast and dinner too with packages of food sent home on the weekends. That makes the parents responsible for nothing and they act accordingly too.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Northcross, 12/30/2013 9:39:09 AM     (No. 9672672)

Pretty soon everything will be free. Won´t it be peachy?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly, 12/30/2013 9:50:50 AM     (No. 9672694)

Every kid in West Virginia gets free school meals. Breakfast and lunch.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/30/2013 9:59:49 AM     (No. 9672711)

If you can´t trust what they teach in public schools ... I´d been damned if I let the kids EAT anything there!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: PAdiva, 12/30/2013 10:16:02 AM     (No. 9672729)

Did you notice the correlation between free lunches and federal and state grant money?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 12/30/2013 10:20:30 AM     (No. 9672735)

Your childrens all be belong to ussssss....

Follow the moola. More kids on the dole = more money for the school. Mom doesn´t work, there is no dad, living it up in Sec 8 housing, all the SNAP you can snap at, insane EIC at tax time, free phone...

Ya know, what the hell have I been busting my hump for all these years?? Where do I sign up?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mamafrog, 12/30/2013 10:39:21 AM     (No. 9672761)

It may be time to remember why the School Lunch Program was started. During WWII many of the draftees were unfit for service due to poor nutrition. The school lunch program was seen as a matter of national defense. The program has undergone many changes over the years but it is an effective program because it is difficult to divert food to other purposes.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 12/30/2013 11:00:47 AM     (No. 9672796)

"…..Federal and State Grant money" pretty much says it all!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 12/30/2013 11:20:24 AM     (No. 9672829)

Good point, #8. This is one program that I think has benefits. A child has been proven repeatedly to do better in school if not hungry. The problem like any other government program becomes a means of dictating how we raise our kids.

There are instances where the lunch sent by a parent has been refused for the child because some lamebrain teacher thinks they know better than the parent what the child needs.

The program started out to be well intentioned, but like all government programs has become badly abused. Dictators at every level dictate!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: geoguy, 12/30/2013 11:21:10 AM     (No. 9672830)

They are trying to make "government" the new "parent" to the kids and to single moms the "husband" provider.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Safari Man, 12/30/2013 11:37:38 AM     (No. 9672856)

If the progs have their way, it will soon be "there a´int no such thing as a lunch you pay for."

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/30/2013 11:44:08 AM     (No. 9672863)

Wouldn´t it be a GREAT country if every one had a job and every kid was fed by the parents? NO gov´t intervention necessary?
Every school could have a "self-help" table with salad, fruit and cheese for those who forgot their lunch, or wanted to suppliment what they brought from home. No stigma attached, no federal dollars involved.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Namma, 12/30/2013 12:40:17 PM     (No. 9672925)

very kid eating means more money for the school district from the federal government.
#2 is correct about the distribution of foods for kids to take home.
There is lot of food wasted because of mitchelles sticking her nose into what is allowed to be served for lunch. now the school districts are trying to come up with ways to get the kids to eat that stuff. like in ice cream parties for the class who kids eat most of their lunch...unreal...

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Reply 15 - Posted by: saguni, 12/30/2013 1:55:45 PM     (No. 9673006)

Many of the volunteers I "work" with are retired teachers/school librarians. When I´ve brought up this subject (there was a drive going on locally for donated weekend backpacks) they assured me that all of those children would not have anything to eat without the public donating food each weekend.

I asked, "Don´t the parents of the children in "free lunch" program qualify for SNAP, why aren´t they eating off the Food Stamps??"

"OH, NO!" they assured me, "they have no food at home!"

Seems to me, parents on Food Stamps could pay food stamps for those "free" lunches, just for the self-esteem of paying their way if nothing else.

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