Demand grows for free summer lunches

Mar 8, 2009 Read more: Connecticut Post 34
Last year saw a spike in the number of Connecticut children taking advantage of the free summer lunch program, with 31,364 meals served at 443 locations statewide. Read more
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its the parents

Miami, FL

#1 Mar 9, 2009
What is wrong with parents today?

They cannot buy a pound of luncheon meat and a loaf of bread to feed the kids?
QWERTY

Oceanside, NY

#2 Mar 9, 2009
"Sites must agree to serve meals to any eligible child, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability."

You can be biased by income but not anything else. Great system. How about free lunch for all kids?

“Registered & Dangerous”

Since: Jan 09

Milford, CT

#3 Mar 9, 2009
You people have to take into consideration that children are victims of their parent's decisions.

The kids are the ones suffering here without enough to eat BECAUSE of their parent's irresponsibility.

The children SHOULD NOT be punished for having parents who cannot feed them. It's not the kid's choice, they can't make money, they can't get food stamps.
Jack

Durham, CT

#4 Mar 9, 2009
I hear word that OUR government is about to launch a new program that will pay ALL our taxes for all of us regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability (for free of course)!!!!
QWERTY

Oceanside, NY

#5 Mar 9, 2009
YESSS wrote:
You people have to take into consideration that children are victims of their parent's decisions.
The kids are the ones suffering here without enough to eat BECAUSE of their parent's irresponsibility.
The children SHOULD NOT be punished for having parents who cannot feed them. It's not the kid's choice, they can't make money, they can't get food stamps.
Then the children should be taken away from the parents. There are plenty of adults willing to take children into a loving and responsible home. I can't fathom how anyone can support someone being a parent when they can't even take care of their own children. That's 100% unacceptable.
omg

Salamanca, NY

#6 Mar 9, 2009
QWERTY wrote:
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Then the children should be taken away from the parents. There are plenty of adults willing to take children into a loving and responsible home. I can't fathom how anyone can support someone being a parent when they can't even take care of their own children. That's 100% unacceptable.
and put an even bigger burden on the state system? Your comment is insane and I hope to God you never get laid off or get sick and are in a situation where you might not be able to provide for your children for a short period of time or someone like you might come along and try to take your kids away. Good God!

“Registered & Dangerous”

Since: Jan 09

Milford, CT

#7 Mar 9, 2009
QWERTY wrote:
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Then the children should be taken away from the parents. There are plenty of adults willing to take children into a loving and responsible home. I can't fathom how anyone can support someone being a parent when they can't even take care of their own children. That's 100% unacceptable.
Obviously you are ignorant of the long and arduous process it takes to get DCF to act on your claim and acquire enough evidence to seize the child from their home.
Conservative from Monroe

Wethersfield, CT

#8 Mar 9, 2009
Get a job. We'd all like a free lunch every day. Work for it. CT has to end the welfare state mentality. From now on, you want a free anything, you need to work it off by doing chores for the state...cleaning highways, cleaning buildings, whatever. Stop "demanding" hard working tax payers give you "stuff" for free. Nice headline CT Post. Is using the word "Demand" the smartest approach? You need better writers an smarter editors.

“Registered & Dangerous”

Since: Jan 09

Milford, CT

#9 Mar 10, 2009
Conservative from Monroe wrote:
Get a job. We'd all like a free lunch every day. Work for it. CT has to end the welfare state mentality. From now on, you want a free anything, you need to work it off by doing chores for the state...cleaning highways, cleaning buildings, whatever. Stop "demanding" hard working tax payers give you "stuff" for free. Nice headline CT Post. Is using the word "Demand" the smartest approach? You need better writers an smarter editors.
I agree that welfare to work (as you're suggesting) is a better idea. Fact of the matter is, if you haven't looked at the economy lately, there is no work.
bleeding heart liberals

Miami, FL

#10 Mar 10, 2009
Conservative from Monroe wrote:
Get a job. We'd all like a free lunch every day. Work for it. CT has to end the welfare state mentality. From now on, you want a free anything, you need to work it off by doing chores for the state...cleaning highways, cleaning buildings, whatever. Stop "demanding" hard working tax payers give you "stuff" for free. Nice headline CT Post. Is using the word "Demand" the smartest approach? You need better writers an smarter editors.
Look at the posts and see how many voted 'clueless'. Agreed, CT needs to end the welfare state mentality. Look at Sherriff Joe Arpaio in New Mexico. He makes prisoners wrok, they sleep in tents, no cable TV, actually one channell, Disney and they have to wear pink underwear and jump suits! Thats the sort of tough love we need in CT!
blog reader

Fairfield, CT

#11 Mar 10, 2009
YESSS wrote:
You people have to take into consideration that children are victims of their parent's decisions.
The kids are the ones suffering here without enough to eat BECAUSE of their parent's irresponsibility.
The children SHOULD NOT be punished for having parents who cannot feed them. It's not the kid's choice, they can't make money, they can't get food stamps.
Then they should be removed from the parents. end of deissussion - people shouldn't never have a child in their home if they connot provide for it.

“Registered & Dangerous”

Since: Jan 09

Milford, CT

#12 Mar 10, 2009
blog reader wrote:
<quoted text> Then they should be removed from the parents. end of deissussion - people shouldn't never have a child in their home if they connot provide for it.
As I already said, the DCF removal process isn't a one shot deal. Plus it costs much more for a case to be built and a child to be a ward of the state than it does for free pb&j.
Mr Stratford

Morris, CT

#13 Mar 10, 2009
If the first child needs subsidy, the parents need sterilization.
The premise of controlling the proliferation of abandoned pets; i.e.: neutering, should be applied.

“Registered & Dangerous”

Since: Jan 09

Milford, CT

#14 Mar 10, 2009
Mr Stratford wrote:
If the first child needs subsidy, the parents need sterilization.
The premise of controlling the proliferation of abandoned pets; i.e.: neutering, should be applied.
Only if you're the first in line.
QWERTY

Oceanside, NY

#15 Mar 10, 2009
YESSS wrote:
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Obviously you are ignorant of the long and arduous process it takes to get DCF to act on your claim and acquire enough evidence to seize the child from their home.
Because the system doesn't work, we should allow children to live with parents who can't support them?!?!?

“Registered & Dangerous”

Since: Jan 09

Milford, CT

#16 Mar 10, 2009
QWERTY wrote:
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Because the system doesn't work, we should allow children to live with parents who can't support them?!?!?
No, we are going to provide programs such as the above to make the children's lives as good as possible until we can think of a better alternative to get around the politics and beaurocracy of removing the children from the home.

Just wondering, if we remove these kids, are you going to adopt them?
QWERTY

Oceanside, NY

#17 Mar 10, 2009
YESSS wrote:
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No, we are going to provide programs such as the above to make the children's lives as good as possible until we can think of a better alternative to get around the politics and beaurocracy of removing the children from the home.
Just wondering, if we remove these kids, are you going to adopt them?
No, I'm not. But those who go to other countries to adopt children might find it easier to adopt here at home instead.
blog reader

Fairfield, CT

#18 Mar 10, 2009
YESSS wrote:
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No, we are going to provide programs such as the above to make the children's lives as good as possible until we can think of a better alternative to get around the politics and beaurocracy of removing the children from the home.
Just wondering, if we remove these kids, are you going to adopt them?
Well "we" came up with a better system - Remove them - they would be better off in a healthy, supportive environment
than getting some crappy prepackaged junk food.

“Registered & Dangerous”

Since: Jan 09

Milford, CT

#19 Mar 10, 2009
QWERTY wrote:
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No, I'm not. But those who go to other countries to adopt children might find it easier to adopt here at home instead.
Since I WOULD like to adopt a child I have done extensive research into the subject.

First of all, wards of the state here in the US are usually past toddler age and of color. Most parents adopting want a white baby, not a black child.

Secondly, people make the assumption that a child in the US is a "crack baby" or already has some sort of indelible damage done to it that is irreversable. They do not want damaged goods.

Thirdly, and potentially most important is that it is much less expensive to adopt a baby from Korea than it is a child in the US.

I know people would like to think the DCF, foster home and adoption processes are easy as cake, but the fact is that there are many children who are wards of the state here in the US that people do not want to adopt for the above reasons.
blog reader

Fairfield, CT

#20 Mar 10, 2009
How about orphanages? I am serious, not malicious. Run by caring loving adults, who create an environment of security, education and health? Whats wrong with that? The way the traditional family is changing, I think it would be a VERY healthy alternative than a teenage mother who doesn't have the maturity, education or means to care for a child. I have raised a few, as a single parent and its not easy!

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