Did you even read the article?<quoted text>
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.
The article clearly states this is a federally funded program.
Did you just miss the part that says, "Sister-to-Sister, is one of 201 sites in Orange County participating in the federally funded Summer Food Service Program".
Or the other part that says, "The food bank gets reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at about $3 per lunch."
Many kids would love to be doing something constructive to help their families and neighborhood so I would hardly call it forced labor.
What would you have them do, go home and watch TV or play Xbox?
You apparently have all the answers but all I've heard so far is give them free food.