Kids' summer feeding programs see soaring demand

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

Curtis Bellesman, 6, slurps up spaghetti and meatballs for lunch recently at Sister-to-Sister Outreach Center in the Ivey Lane area of Orlando.

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Redogg

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Jun 16, 2009
 
It is total BS that we need programs like this. We reward the irresponsible for having more children with more men than they can count and then we feed their kids to boot. I guess the Democrats see this as one more way to grow lifelong voters for their party.
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#3
Jun 16, 2009
 
sad... maybe she should hand out tickets and once the last ticket was taken that's all the food.
I agree but disagree

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Jun 16, 2009
 
I agree with the above about the parents, but we can't punish the children for being born into poverty or into hard times. Many families that used to have good jobs, homes, and the money to take care of their children have lost their jobs. Everyone in this country is suffering, even hard working, responsible people. The children are not at fault. At least their parents are responsible enough to sign their children up for this program and to make certain they go so they can get properly fed. The other option for parents would be to allow their children to starve to death. Then what would you say?
Redogg

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Jun 16, 2009
 
I agree but disagree wrote:
I agree with the above about the parents, but we can't punish the children for being born into poverty or into hard times. Many families that used to have good jobs, homes, and the money to take care of their children have lost their jobs. Everyone in this country is suffering, even hard working, responsible people. The children are not at fault. At least their parents are responsible enough to sign their children up for this program and to make certain they go so they can get properly fed. The other option for parents would be to allow their children to starve to death. Then what would you say?
I'm certainly not blaming anything on the kids and would give the shirt off of my back for their well-being. But as long as their low-life parents (the majority in these neighborhoods were poor before the recession) are under the impression that taxpayers will care for them and their children and subsidize their irresponsible lifestyles, we're always going to have more and more kids to take care of. Because, unfortunately, these kids will learn from their parents and carry on the family traditions.
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Jun 16, 2009
 
Poor people learn early to take hand-outs. Sad. When I grew up, I just went hungry. It made me determined not to spend my life that way when I grew up and had a choice.
Bittersweet

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Jun 16, 2009
 
Wow! There are some rather jaded people on these boards. Let's punish all of these innocent kids because their parents were born into a life of poverty and are continuing to deal with it, whether right or wrong in some cases. Have any of you ever gone without food to the point that you vomited when you even smelled it because your body didn't know how to react?

Although I know that there are those taking advantage of our government programs (try South Americans who come here for three months on vacation and enroll their kids in free lunch programs at schools,) but there are those who truly need this, and as you hopefully seeing, it's the children who suffer the most from this. Should we cut programs and stop handing out food to them? Some of you are suggesting that, so you can bury the dead and watch them suffer.

I think what needs to happen here is a restructuring of the system. Obviously, now would be a horrible time to revamp it since so many people are out of work. These programs need to help the children with food and immediate needs and help the parents with finding jobs, managing money, birth control, etc.

However, keep in mind that there are others who sit back and take money from the government and even worse, steal it from others. How about those who sold homes knowing full well that the people buying it couldn't afford it? How about the people who conned others into giving them money, only to have it mismanaged and stolen? Stop blaming the poor for all of the problems in this country and look around. There's plenty of blame to go around.
Winter Cake

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Jun 16, 2009
 
I see the Third-Basers are here bashing the poor again.

(Third-Baser: Someone born on third base who mistakenly thinks they've hit a triple.)
wow

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Jun 16, 2009
 
hmmmm.
Bittersweet

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Jun 16, 2009
 
Winter Cake wrote:
I see the Third-Basers are here bashing the poor again.
(Third-Baser: Someone born on third base who mistakenly thinks they've hit a triple.)
Nicely put! You actually did hit a triple, here!
Bittersweet

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Jun 16, 2009
 
Oh! I'd also like to add that some people argue against birth control and abortions and even teaching safe sex (not just abstinence) in schools, yet these same people complain that the poor are having too many kids. Hmmmm. Wouldn't birth control help people who are having economic struggles? We berate single mothers for getting "into their situation," yet we don't educate them on safe sex methods. What a bunch of hypocrites! Anyone who disagrees with birth control should be helping feed these children since you basically supported them in the womb and before they even existed, too.

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Orlando, FL

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#15
Jun 17, 2009
 
We started out giving away breakfast in the schools, then free lunches. Now free lunch during the summer. Free health care around the corner. What's next a free car when they turn 16?

What do these parents do with their food stamps?

Granted, it is not the children's fault but at some point this has to stop.

We need to stop all this gimme gimee free free crap!

If the kids want a "free" lunch have them pick up a bag of trash in the neighborhood. Clean up a vacant lot. Plant a vegetable garden. Paint a fence. Anything! Something!

Let momma spend some of her fake nail money on a jar of peanut butter if she doesn't like it. Just don't instill this welfare mentality on another generation of children!
Redogg

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Jun 17, 2009
 
Bittersweet wrote:
Oh! I'd also like to add that some people argue against birth control and abortions and even teaching safe sex (not just abstinence) in schools, yet these same people complain that the poor are having too many kids. Hmmmm. Wouldn't birth control help people who are having economic struggles? We berate single mothers for getting "into their situation," yet we don't educate them on safe sex methods. What a bunch of hypocrites! Anyone who disagrees with birth control should be helping feed these children since you basically supported them in the womb and before they even existed, too.
Now people are so stupid that they can't figure out how babies are made without spending millions of tax dollars to "educate" them? Give me a break. We're not talking about people who live in third world African tribes.

These people are apparently smart enough to know how to work the welfare system to their benefit. Are you going to honestly claim they have no understanding of birth control?
Patriot

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Jun 17, 2009
 
What makes you so sure all these kids were "born into poverty"? In today's economy, anyone can suddenly be poor. Or maybe you'd rather that their parents killed the kids, like what happened in Oviedo, so that there would be no burden on taxpayers?

As a taxpayer myself, I'd rather pay for lunches than ER visits, police visits, court appointments, or jail time.

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Jun 17, 2009
 
Patriot wrote:
As a taxpayer myself, I'd rather pay for lunches than ER visits, police visits, court appointments, or jail time.
You're paying for all that and more NOW!

We MUST stop this welfare mentality. Welfare should be a SHORT term helping hand - not a life time for multiple generations to suckle off the taxpayer's tax tit.
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#22
Jun 17, 2009
 
This free lunch during the summer is only helping children!
These children are probably eating once a day.
My family struggles but you better believe that my children are taken care of and have plenty of food to eat.
This is awfull and sad to read.
Don't get me wrong, I do believe that the low life parents are responsible but the children are not!
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Jun 17, 2009
 
Feed your own damn kids or quit popping them out. If you need or want assistance you need to be sterilized first to qualify.
Patriot

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Jun 17, 2009
 
You are a moron wrote:
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You're paying for all that and more NOW!
We MUST stop this welfare mentality. Welfare should be a SHORT term helping hand - not a life time for multiple generations to suckle off the taxpayer's tax tit.
And how do you know that these kids are not getting free lunches for the SHORT term? Answer: you don't. You're just making assumptions.

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Jun 18, 2009
 
Patriot wrote:
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And how do you know that these kids are not getting free lunches for the SHORT term? Answer: you don't. You're just making assumptions.
And how do you know that these kids are not getting free lunches for the LONG term? Answer: you don't. You're just making assumptions.

It sounds like you're satisfied with the way things are, good for you. Personally I'd rather not engender another generation with the welfare mentality.

It makes me sick to think of generation after generation standing with their hands out when, in all likelihood, they could be productive members of society. Instead they are satisfied with sitting in the virtually free housing, using their food stamps, thrusting their kids out on the street hoping someone will feed them while they pop out another kid.

What does that end up teaching the kids?

It is probably too late to fix the parent(s), maybe their could be some hope for their children.

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Jun 18, 2009
 
Ooops - that should read:

"It is probably too late to fix the parent(s), maybe THERE is some hope for their children."
Patriot

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Jun 18, 2009
 
You are a moron wrote:
Ooops - that should read:
"It is probably too late to fix the parent(s), maybe THERE is some hope for their children."
The question is, how best to help the children become productive members of society? You seem to think starving them is the answer (or maybe forced child labor?) I think its silly to complain if nonprofits want to feed the kids lunch. If you don't like it, don't donate to the sister-to-sister foundation. Something tells me you already don't.

Also, federal welfare benefits are limited by law to a maximum of five years. Five years is nothing to sneeze at, but it will hardly see these kids to adulthood. And in this economy, many jobs are evaporating and leaving families with few to no options, which is why there is an increased demand for services this summer. In other words, increased demand signals a SHORT term need; if this were solely a long-term, endemic problem, demand would remain the same from summer to summer.

All of these facts mitigate against your assumption that these kids are a LONG term burden on your wallet.

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