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School lunches - who will pay?

February 13, 2014

The prospect of school lunch officials pulling trays of food out of the hands of starving children and flinging their lunches in the trash is an appalling one....

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caring1

Feb-17-14 2:43 PM

There is a difference between forgetting to pay into the lunch account and looking for a free ride. We have went a week or so without paying, accidentally. I don't think my kids should have been denied food, and they weren't. The school knew we were good for it, and we paid for it. quote unquote mrmiddleclassworker did I step on a toe. I am saying why should you be privileged. go watch one day at a elementary school lunch and see how they are turned down.

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deerhunt

Feb-17-14 12:35 PM

How about before we consider building a new school we figure out how to make sure they all get a hot meal? If we can't do that we can't afford a new school.

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GrandmaD

Feb-17-14 11:36 AM

Well, first of all, Avoice, Aunty Dem did not interpret MCW's comment. I did. And I still "interpret" the post that MCW believes it should be first worked out with the school & parents. If that is not possible, other help is available, & sometimes the county or state has to get involved when all else has failed. Once, again, a child should never go hungry or be humiliated in front of friends. Everyone agrees with that.

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JReader

Feb-17-14 10:19 AM

Why can't the schools simply collect additional information from those parents that "can pay but don't" ? Collect a credit card or bank account and if a lunch account gets too far in arrears without resolution you know - "the little reminder note that goes home with the child" the bank account will simply get charged. Seems to be a much simpler solution than getting the state involved and stigmatizing little Johnny by making him eat a peanut butter sandwich in front of his friends.

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Avoice

Feb-17-14 8:48 AM

"He clearly stated that it can & should be worked out with the parents, the school, or family services." Sorry AuntyDem, you are interpreting what he said. Paraphrasing, he said if parents simply won't pay, Family Services should be called and THEY can deal with it. I believe the "they" is Family Services who then are in control.

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Avoice

Feb-17-14 8:42 AM

MCW had a suggestion which many people might take offense to - "if parents simply won't pay, then Family Services should be called." Simple answer but the beginning of a series of very complex problems for the family with the continuing investigation and monitoring of the family. Most schools have a social worker(s)who might be able to solve the problem without creating a major problem for the family.

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GrandmaD

Feb-17-14 7:59 AM

caring1 - I am totally confused with your response to MCW's post. You need to carefully reread what he stated which I agree with 100%. Never did he imply that the children should go hungry or feel humiliated by such a situation. He clearly stated that it can & should be worked out with the parents, the school, or family services. His last line reads, "Either way an innocent child should not go hungry."

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middleclassworker

Feb-17-14 12:07 AM

Well, aren't you just perfect, caring1. We should all aspire to be just like you, your highness.

No. I do not believe that the kids should be belittled or not fed. This isn't the kids' fault, so they shouldn't be the ones that get punished.

Do I always skip my responsibilities? Really? Did you really just say that? Pompous much?

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caring1

Feb-16-14 11:25 PM

But should children be put on the spot for what their parents are guilty of. I believe that was the question. And should these children be told no and food taken back and a sandwich handed to them in front of all their peers? Why do the children have to pay for parents that are too busy to see to it their children have food at school. And what a honor you must feel the school knew you. I have seen this with my own eyes what happens when these children do not get to eat a hot lunch. Middleclassworker do you always skip your responsibilities. Are you one too that should be reported I think this is a great idea. Now will the schools?

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middleclassworker

Feb-13-14 2:10 PM

There is a difference between forgetting to pay into the lunch account and looking for a free ride. We have went a week or so without paying, accidentally. I don't think my kids should have been denied food, and they weren't. The school knew we were good for it, and we paid for it.

If you have parents that simply won't pay, then Family Services should be called and they can deal with it. If the family is eligible for assistance, they will work with them. If the parents are just choosing to spend their money on other things, then they can deal with that, too.

Either way, an innocent child should not go hungry.

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