Beach schools to serve summer meals

Beach schools to serve summer meals

There are 88 comments on the Westmoreland News story from Jun 14, 2013, titled Beach schools to serve summer meals. In it, Westmoreland News reports that:

The Colonial Beach Public School system is participating in the Summer Food Service Program.

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HB Rules

Virginia Beach, VA

#1 Jun 19, 2013
Just another govt program turning schools into something other than a school. Lets do a educational program this summer instead of a soup kitchen.
Clueless

Washington, DC

#2 Jun 19, 2013
HB Rules wrote:
Just another govt program turning schools into something other than a school. Lets do a educational program this summer instead of a soup kitchen.
I think I have to agree with you HB. I assume this is a Federal program. And there sure seems to be a lot of redundancy in the announcement in regard to discrimination, children under 18 AND all (other?) children.
Beach Goddess

Tappahannock, VA

#3 Jun 19, 2013
You all do realize that some of our town children will not eat, or will get one meal a day, without this program? It helps to keep our low income kids fed, it is a federal program, and is also going on during an educational program.

Summer school programs run the same dates as the feeding program. Why would you all want to deprive children of 2 nourishing meals a day?
Clueless

Washington, DC

#4 Jun 19, 2013
Beach Goddess wrote:
You all do realize that some of our town children will not eat, or will get one meal a day, without this program? It helps to keep our low income kids fed, it is a federal program, and is also going on during an educational program.
Summer school programs run the same dates as the feeding program. Why would you all want to deprive children of 2 nourishing meals a day?
Thank you for the clarification Beach Goddess.

I just wish article writers would first of all answer the five basics of reporting, and secondly, that editors would do their jobs. I think it is they that need to go to an educational program while they're out to lunch.

I read The Washington Post every day
Clueless

Washington, DC

#5 Jun 19, 2013
I thought I erased that last sentence fragment.:) I was going to mention how the editing drove me nuts.

Sorry.
You are Correct Sir

Portsmouth, VA

#6 Jun 19, 2013
Beach Goddess wrote:
You all do realize that some of our town children will not eat, or will get one meal a day, without this program? It helps to keep our low income kids fed, it is a federal program, and is also going on during an educational program.
Summer school programs run the same dates as the feeding program. Why would you all want to deprive children of 2 nourishing meals a day?
What are you talking about? Is there a starvation problem in Colonial Beach? I haven't heard of one. Look around, most kids need to skip a meal or two! Do you realize how much money is wasted on food service programs? Look in the cafeteria trash cans. Another wasteful government spending program.
Idea

Hanover, VA

#7 Jun 19, 2013
I don't believe that any child who comes will be refused. There are very many kids in CB who are living below the poverty level. In addition to a food program, it would be wonderful if all of those raising money for charities that are national might consider starting a recreation program for children, all children who wish to participate. We are not resourced for a Dept. of Rec. and Parks, the normal source for organized summer programs----crafts, swimming lessons, physical activities, etc. But it could be done if we want to do it. All of the non-profits could unite to make it happen. Not all children are offered the experience of Bible School. Perhaps the churches could reach out a bit more.
will work for food

Tappahannock, VA

#8 Jun 19, 2013
These "starving" kids are already getting free meals. They get foodstamps and other federal programs. There is no food shortage there. What they need is a summer work program so they can learn to work for something instead of expecting everything for free.
Business

King William, VA

#9 Jun 19, 2013
will work for food wrote:
These "starving" kids are already getting free meals. They get foodstamps and other federal programs. There is no food shortage there. What they need is a summer work program so they can learn to work for something instead of expecting everything for free.
AMEN! STOP THE CYCLE! Oh, but wait. If the democrats dont keep these people enslaved to the system, who will vote for them? One thing I know for sure is that all these damn "free meals" are getting mighty expensive!
CB_Newbie

Vienna, VA

#10 Jun 20, 2013
will work for food wrote:
These "starving" kids are already getting free meals. They get foodstamps and other federal programs. There is no food shortage there. What they need is a summer work program so they can learn to work for something instead of expecting everything for free.
The food stamps do not go to the children. They go to the parents as the government tries to hold them responsible for the welfare of their children. Unfortunately the problem becomes that parents choose to use the food stamps and other government provided money to support bad habits and the kids end up with nothing. Just because you don't hear about it doesn't mean it does not exist. Your solution of don't feed them, make them work doesn't exactly apply well to the children under the age of 15. I am only defending the children who suffer because the parents can't seem to make the right choices when it comes to using the fixed income they receive for their children. I don't believe in the current welfare system and it should be reformed. I know it's more socialist, but since we are already giving them money, we need to pull back on the free range EBT cards they use to buy porter house steaks, cigarettes and alcohol. Limit what the money can go towards, build in more infrastructure to guard against abuse and hold parents accountable for negligence to their children.

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#11 Jun 20, 2013
CB_Newbie wrote:
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The food stamps do not go to the children. They go to the parents as the government tries to hold them responsible for the welfare of their children. Unfortunately the problem becomes that parents choose to use the food stamps and other government provided money to support bad habits and the kids end up with nothing. Just because you don't hear about it doesn't mean it does not exist. Your solution of don't feed them, make them work doesn't exactly apply well to the children under the age of 15. I am only defending the children who suffer because the parents can't seem to make the right choices when it comes to using the fixed income they receive for their children. I don't believe in the current welfare system and it should be reformed. I know it's more socialist, but since we are already giving them money, we need to pull back on the free range EBT cards they use to buy porter house steaks, cigarettes and alcohol. Limit what the money can go towards, build in more infrastructure to guard against abuse and hold parents accountable for negligence to their children.
Agree...some heartless folks on this page. Some that don't live in the real world. Their selfish, Ayn Rand philosophy is grotesque at best. The average person pays pennies in taxes towards these programs..... this program keeps some kids healthy and fed. Good grief.
Business

Alexandria, VA

#12 Jun 20, 2013
smartassofficial wrote:
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Agree...some heartless folks on this page. Some that don't live in the real world. Their selfish, Ayn Rand philosophy is grotesque at best. The average person pays pennies in taxes towards these programs..... this program keeps some kids healthy and fed. Good grief.
Im going to take this as a compliment. I must be above average, because Im sure thousands in taxes I pay each year go to these programs. It sure feels good to be punished for my hard work. It sure feels good to know I have only produced kids I could support, yet have to feed those of the irresponsible. Im not heartless. Im responsible!
Idea

Hanover, VA

#13 Jun 21, 2013
CB_Newbie wrote:
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we need to pull back on the free range EBT cards they use to buy porter house steaks, cigarettes and alcohol. Limit what the money can go towards, build in more infrastructure to guard against abuse and hold parents accountable for negligence to their children.
DAH. They can't use these funds for non-food purchases.
Bill who

King George, VA

#14 Jun 21, 2013
Close the damn schools and save the money, quit raising taxes to support a losing system.
HB Rules

Virginia Beach, VA

#15 Jun 21, 2013
smartassofficial wrote:
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Agree...some heartless folks on this page. Some that don't live in the real world. Their selfish, Ayn Rand philosophy is grotesque at best. The average person pays pennies in taxes towards these programs..... this program keeps some kids healthy and fed. Good grief.
when you build something it has a stated purpose, when you lose sight of that you fail to achieve the objective. the objective of the school is to teach kids. at this point and time in our history the government is asking schools and thier staff to be parents and it does not work and it does not solve the problem the kids have. the schools to the work cause they need the money however the fail to recognize all these programs are designed to gobble up very limited resources for a small set of people who are not taking care of thier responsibility and it comes at the detriment of the school, the teachers, and the kids who are there to learn. schools should be having class about math, science, history, english. There is a reason why private schools are so much better than us and it is because of stuff such as this. While we are making soup this summer other schools will be making the grade with science and math for thier kids to be the next doctor or scientist who in the end while be giving the world the next great advancement with a large paycheck. However, on thier way home from work they will be able to make a quick trip through the drive through and give thier order to our kids working at McDee's.

“C. Green”

Since: Sep 12

Colonial Beach

#16 Jun 21, 2013
Guess I will weigh in on this issue. The Summer Food Service Program otherwise known as SFSP is managed by USDA and was established in 1968. By 1980 the programís budget was 110 million, today 398 million. Federal guidelines state; free for all children under 18. It is also available to adults that are disabled. Breakfast is reimbursed at $1.98 and lunch around $3.47. Our program, as I understand it, will feed any adult for a cost of $2.50 for breakfast or lunch and is available to all comers. This program is only available to school districts that 51% of the children qualify for a subsidized lunch.

Programs such as SNAP and WIC are credited to the elimination of hunger in America. However, neither address what is known as food security. This concept is described as when an individual misses a meal due to economic reasons. Normally causes by parental/custodian mismanagement of government benefits. SFSP was designed to address this problem.

While at first blush one may conclude this program conflicts with my Libertarian leanings and my belief the Federal Government is out of control. This program administrated by the USDA is well run and should be supported. We simply cannot be punishing children for the bad decision their parents have made.
You are Correct Sir

San Diego, CA

#17 Jun 21, 2013
While I believe that this program is not infringing on the Colonial Beach school system, the original complaint was against the federal government for expanding on this program. If kids are in school, they will have to eat so it makes since that the government is selling food to students. School ends in June and begins in September or so! That is where the problem begins. Now we are expanding the dependence on the government and according to Bad Penny, we have MORE THAN HALF of the students enrolled receiving food assistance. Why not just go ahead and give assistance to everyone? Hey its not your money!(Your is ambiguous and not directed at any poster.)

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#18 Jun 21, 2013
Business wrote:
<quoted text> Im going to take this as a compliment. I must be above average, because Im sure thousands in taxes I pay each year go to these programs. It sure feels good to be punished for my hard work. It sure feels good to know I have only produced kids I could support, yet have to feed those of the irresponsible. Im not heartless. Im responsible!
Ok, you can go ahead and be "responsible" for starving kids who through no fault of their own, can't get meals. Would you like to interview each child to find out why they get free lunches before letting them have it?? Maybe Dad lost his job. Quit assuming that kids who get this service are horrible do nothings. And unless you're Bill Gates, you don't contribute thousands of dollars to one such social program. That is simply not the case. You contribute pennies.
HB Rules

Virginia Beach, VA

#19 Jun 21, 2013
smartassofficial wrote:
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Ok, you can go ahead and be "responsible" for starving kids who through no fault of their own, can't get meals. Would you like to interview each child to find out why they get free lunches before letting them have it?? Maybe Dad lost his job. Quit assuming that kids who get this service are horrible do nothings. And unless you're Bill Gates, you don't contribute thousands of dollars to one such social program. That is simply not the case. You contribute pennies.
please show me the skin and bones kids here in the beach that are starving. there is none.
You are Correct Sir

San Diego, CA

#20 Jun 21, 2013
smartassofficial wrote:
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Ok, you can go ahead and be "responsible" for starving kids who through no fault of their own, can't get meals. Would you like to interview each child to find out why they get free lunches before letting them have it?? Maybe Dad lost his job. Quit assuming that kids who get this service are horrible do nothings. And unless you're Bill Gates, you don't contribute thousands of dollars to one such social program. That is simply not the case. You contribute pennies.
How would HB be responsible for starving kids that aren't his/hers??? Unless HB deliberately stole from the kids and prevented them from eating.

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