New no charge policy for Simpson county Schools

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Where Kids Matter Most

Portland, TN

#1 Aug 16, 2012
does the school system really put kids first when they put a policy in place that feeds the children who are unable to pay for lunch a peanut butter or cheese sandwich for lunch instead of the normal lunch? This really bothers because if the parents are not sending money to school for there children than who is to say how well they are eating at home. This could be there only good meal of the day and the school system is taking it out on the child. To me this is wrong and degrading to the child. They need to come up with a better solution to this problem.
serious
#2 Aug 16, 2012
Are you seriously complaining that the free food being provided at no cost to the parents isn't good enough?

I'm sure if that's the kids only meal of the day, they are very appreciative that they get to eat.
Where Kids Matter Most
#3 Aug 16, 2012
serious wrote:
Are you seriously complaining that the free food being provided at no cost to the parents isn't good enough?
I'm sure if that's the kids only meal of the day, they are very appreciative that they get to eat.
are you serious? what I'm saying is that its wrong to take it out on a kid when there parents can't pay for a meal or care what there kid is eating at school. Maybe you are just blind to the fact that there are kids that get neglected enough at home they should not be sold short at school as well.
serious
#4 Aug 16, 2012
How is providing a free meal to a kid taking it out on them, or neglecting them? If tax payers are paying for this, it should be done as efficiently as possible.
Lynn

Portland, TN

#5 Aug 16, 2012
@ Where Kids Matter Most, I would have to agree with you. It is degrading to the child, Kids should come first instead of the money on a charge account and It's hard times out here for some people. Why? they can't see that.. IDK!!
hmm

Bowling Green, KY

#6 Aug 16, 2012
From what I understand, any child whose family gets food stamps, the child qualifies for free lunch. The families that make too much for food stamps should be able to pay for their kid's lunch. That's how it works.
base service

Portland, TN

#7 Aug 16, 2012
What do you want them to get? A steak dinner? How much money have u donated to make sure these kids get this "premium meal" u describe? Y should my tax dollars have to pay for a kid to have greasy chicken strips vs a pbj?
Where Kids Matter Most
#8 Aug 16, 2012
not even a pbj just a p. it's upsetting that there are so many cold hearted people around. Its probably going to be your kids that pick on and bully these poor kids because they are eating a peanut butter sandwich for lunch while your child is having pizza. that leads to lower self-esteem and poor performance in school.
Where Kids Matter Most

Portland, TN

#9 Aug 16, 2012
hmm wrote:
From what I understand, any child whose family gets food stamps, the child qualifies for free lunch. The families that make too much for food stamps should be able to pay for their kid's lunch. That's how it works.
that is true but there are also parents that don't even bother to fill out the forms for that and then there are also those people who make just little to much to get free lunch and are hardly getting by as it is and may not even have just a couple dollars to send with there kids for lunch. people who have never been there don't realize how hard it may be. Good for those but really there are lots of single parents or even parents that are to strung out on drugs to care about there own child. and i really feel sorry for these kids that are going to have to suffer because there are people in the school system who care more about money than trying to help these children. i wish i could help more but as well I'm struggling to make sure the needs of my children are meet.
my opinion

United States

#10 Aug 16, 2012
Do you know how many people who are on food stamps who REALLY don't need them. I would much rather my tax dollars be spent giving a child a better meal than a sandwich than to all the people who are abled bodied to work and are just too plum lazy to do it. Now explain to me how it is these people get assistance and yet the best we can do as a community is give a child a sandwich.Now where exactly do we need to be more efficient with tax dollars? And before anyone says anything I do my part to help out anyone i can.
crap!
#11 Aug 16, 2012
I completely agree because we were that family! Last year we unexpectedly went down to one income when I lost mine. We made $2.00 more than the minimum monthly amount for a family of 4.$2.00!! When you still have the bills from having 2 incomes but go down to 1 it is rough! We could always depend on if we were short on cash, that the kids could charge it and we paid it back when we could! I would be livid if my child was treated unfairly bc I couldn't afford it for the week and they had to charge. Now we are back on track and don't have a problem, but I understand and think its crap! Tax dollars are more properly spent on feeding children then on food stamps someone sells or welfare for someone who chooses not to work!(and no we didn't try to get either one of those options when faced with 1 income)
serious
#12 Aug 17, 2012
The people that abuse welfare probably got free lunch in school, and their parent(s) probably complained it wasn't good enough.

That's where this lifestyle is learned, from parents.

Peanut butter is more nutritional than pizza.

My child will be grounded if they make fun of special needs kids. That is not tolerated.
Explain

Bowling Green, KY

#13 Aug 17, 2012
From reading this it appears that there is a little confustion. Several have posted concerning "Free lunch kids." This new policy has nothing to do with the free/reduced lunch kids. Those kids continue to get the regular scheduled full meal. The new policy refers to those people who have to send money every week for meals. If you forget, just don't have it, etc and your child's balance reaches $10 then your child is given an alternative meal. I do see the schools point in needing income to continue buying however, I think that it is degrading to the child. It points them as a child out. The child has no control (outside of taking money from home to school) in the paying of their bill. They can not get a job. It seems that $10 is minimal. It should at least be a week's worth (breakfast + lunch x5 days). Anyhow this was something that parents weren't asked about so I would say that there is nothing to be done about it.
Still getting paid

Auburn, KY

#14 Aug 17, 2012
Where Kids Matter Most wrote:
does the school system really put kids first when they put a policy in place that feeds the children who are unable to pay for lunch a peanut butter or cheese sandwich for lunch instead of the normal lunch? This really bothers because if the parents are not sending money to school for there children than who is to say how well they are eating at home. This could be there only good meal of the day and the school system is taking it out on the child. To me this is wrong and degrading to the child. They need to come up with a better solution to this problem.
If this is indeed true, the school system will continue to get paid back by the state for the meals they are serving. By serving cheese or peanut butter sandwich, they are meeting their protein and grain requirements, milk and a fruit or vegetable (carrot sticks or celery) they are meeting the meal requirements set forth by the CACFP and will continue to be paid for their meals based on the free, reduced or paid applications they have on file. It seems to me that the problem probably stems from those families that are considered eligible to pay,and ,probably are able to pay, but for whatever reason they have run up balances and not taken care of them. Usually these balances come when students choose to buy more food and charge. Their parents don't believe they owe the money and dont pay the balances, making the school system take action the only way they can and that is by refusing credit to anyone.If your child truly needs meal assistance, they can get it. Please fill out those lunch applications. If you don't qualify for help at the first of the year, please know that you can request another application anytime your sitution changes. The schools will never discriminate against those that qualify for free or reduced lunches, because they get paid more from the state. They want as many free and reduced applications as they can get.
slightly overqualified

United States

#15 Aug 17, 2012
hmm wrote:
From what I understand, any child whose family gets food stamps, the child qualifies for free lunch. The families that make too much for food stamps should be able to pay for their kid's lunch. That's how it works.
But that's not always true! I have 4 children. That's $80 a week in lunches. I missed qualifying for reduced lunch by $100 a month! I work full time and so does my husband! There are 6 of us living in a house that's only 1100 square feet! I do the best I can for
My kids and they are not going to allow my kids to eat because I've had to choose to pay the light bill over sending in a lunch check? Kind of harsh!
slightly overqualified

United States

#16 Aug 17, 2012
my opinion wrote:
Do you know how many people who are on food stamps who REALLY don't need them. I would much rather my tax dollars be spent giving a child a better meal than a sandwich than to all the people who are abled bodied to work and are just too plum lazy to do it. Now explain to me how it is these people get assistance and yet the best we can do as a community is give a child a sandwich.Now where exactly do we need to be more efficient with tax dollars? And before anyone says anything I do my part to help out anyone i can.
True! My family could use them but I've always chosen to bust my ass instead and now they say that my family can't even qualify for reduced lunch?
tarded

Cottontown, TN

#17 Aug 18, 2012
slightly overqualified wrote:
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True! My family could use them but I've always chosen to bust my ass instead and now they say that my family can't even qualify for reduced lunch?
Maybe you should not have had 4 kids. geez.
really

United States

#18 Aug 18, 2012
tarded wrote:
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Maybe you should not have had 4 kids. geez.
Instead of remarks like that to parents who do WORK AND TRY. Try giving a ear full to the ones laid up on their butts who go and have a kid that they have to get WIC and food stamps and medical card for on up into free lunches then go and have another one that they do the same for. I think that's bull if you have one on all those benefits and you go having another you should not get benefits on either one because you should have already gotten yourself togather. I say help the ones who are least trying and to the ones who aren't the old saying goes you made your bed no lie in it....
hmm

Hopkinsville, KY

#19 Aug 18, 2012
really wrote:
<quoted text>Instead of remarks like that to parents who do WORK AND TRY. Try giving a ear full to the ones laid up on their butts who go and have a kid that they have to get WIC and food stamps and medical card for on up into free lunches then go and have another one that they do the same for. I think that's bull if you have one on all those benefits and you go having another you should not get benefits on either one because you should have already gotten yourself togather. I say help the ones who are least trying and to the ones who aren't the old saying goes you made your bed no lie in it....
Perhaps you should get your facts straight first...I'll have you know that not all people on medical cards, WIC, etc do not work. As a matter of fact, Walmart employees have medical cards bc the insurance is very expensive and takes their entire check. Also, I happened to have worked for a company for 10 yrs, was laid off and was forced to put my child on a medical card...is that lazy? No! Before you make judgments get your facts straight!
really

United States

#20 Aug 18, 2012
hmm wrote:
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Perhaps you should get your facts straight first...I'll have you know that not all people on medical cards, WIC, etc do not work. As a matter of fact, Walmart employees have medical cards bc the insurance is very expensive and takes their entire check. Also, I happened to have worked for a company for 10 yrs, was laid off and was forced to put my child on a medical card...is that lazy? No! Before you make judgments get your facts straight!
Perhaps you should read a little closer to what i wrote. I said help the people helping themselves. If you have a job you are helping yourself. If you had a job you were helping yourself. I referred to the people who intentionally do not work who just lay around and expect the government to take care of them. Don't be so quick to jump the gun and read a little closer...

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