Summer lunch program is for the entir...

Summer lunch program is for the entire family

There are 32 comments on the Carlsbad Current-Argus story from Jun 3, 2009, titled Summer lunch program is for the entire family. In it, Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that:

For the last 20 summers, Gary Giddens has served more lunches at the beach park than he cares to remember.

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“Don't go away mad just go away”

Since: Jan 09

Carlsbad NM

#1 Jun 3, 2009
I actually take my son to eat here now and again. He likes the idea of eating outdoors picnic style, then hitting the beach and feeding the duckies (or those damn carp). They have milk and juice, which has some redeeming nutritional value. I've seen obviously well off folks there as well over the last couple of years, so I think it's great that Carlsbad has an equal opportunity munchie like this for the kids. It promotes family togetherness. It provides a meal for hungry munchkins. It fosters community cohesiveness. Love it!

And yes, I can afford to feed my kid. It's just nice to have that excuse to head to the beach for some sun and fun. And a free meal for him doesn't hurt my tight budget any.

Thank you to those who provide this summer treat! I've seen so many in line looking sullen, bored or entitled, so just know that at least one of us in that line appreciates you and all of the folks that participate in this wonderful luxury! I recognized your pic from last year - flipping burgers like a fiend!

To all who are in that line with us, remember to say "thank you". Smile at the folks sweating their butts off to feed our kids. Share a table with a stranger, you might meet a friend.
ellvis

Carlsbad, NM

#2 Jun 4, 2009
thanks voice..excellent post...i to take the grandkids there occassionally to enjoy the beach and sun....and its not a matter of wealth but health...lol...we take them other places sometimes but they like the free lunches and for us 3 bucks is not bad for a good meal....roasted green chiles make it perfect....a funny story about this is that i had bariatric surgery and couldnt eat anything the a couple years back and was dying to try the burgers and green chile there but after about a month of suffering i finally bought one and just chewed it for the flavor and spit it out and descreetly tossed it to the birds....lol....made it though the critical months of surgery that way....lol....wished me had this when i was young......this is a blessing that helps many people...
Sister Christian

Hobbs, NM

#4 Jun 4, 2009
So what's for lunch...can I bring a friend?

“Brad Light's BFF”

Since: May 09

Carlsbad, NM

#5 Jun 4, 2009
They also do free lunches at the Rec Center and at some of the schools. I know the conservatives are probably decrying this as a Socialist plot, but I think it is one of the best uses of taxpayer dollars I've seen. Sure beats corporate welfare.
bluedenims

Lovington, NM

#6 Jun 4, 2009
this lunch program & the dedication of Mr. Giddens is a blessing in its self, THANK YOU.

“Don't go away mad just go away”

Since: Jan 09

Carlsbad NM

#7 Jun 4, 2009
ellvis wrote:
thanks voice..excellent post...i to take the grandkids there occassionally to enjoy the beach and sun....and its not a matter of wealth but health...lol...we take them other places sometimes but they like the free lunches and for us 3 bucks is not bad for a good meal....roasted green chiles make it perfect....a funny story about this is that i had bariatric surgery and couldnt eat anything the a couple years back and was dying to try the burgers and green chile there but after about a month of suffering i finally bought one and just chewed it for the flavor and spit it out and descreetly tossed it to the birds....lol....made it though the critical months of surgery that way....lol....wished me had this when i was young......this is a blessing that helps many people...
did you have the bypass or the lap-band?
Diamond Drops

Carlsbad, NM

#8 Jun 4, 2009
There is a new study in Chicago for the bariatric surgery. It is in the process of being studied in Europe also! The great thing about it is no scar...they go through the mouth. Faster recovery, less complications. They also found that they put some patients under with the trach and the whole thing, but NOT the surgery, and of course they didn't know it and they lost weight! Just wanted to let people know so if anyone is considering it, perhaps should check into it first and possibly wait for further results and FDA approved!
whatsinaname2009

Carlsbad, NM

#9 Jun 4, 2009
I remember eating at these lunches when I was my son's ages.
There is only one problem I have but it's one that can't be helped. Parents who SHOULD be paying, getting trays for kids who couldn't possilby eat what's on them. I'm talking 9 or 10 months old. Then finishing what the little ones couldn't eat. I don't see that as fair to those of us who pay for our plates. But, then again, these children are proably nothing but a welfare check to the parents anyway.
my name here

Las Cruces, NM

#10 Jun 4, 2009
I don't know. It seems like it's a good thing that the food doesn't go to waste.
Nickie

Carlsbad, NM

#11 Jun 4, 2009
Diamond Drops wrote:
There is a new study in Chicago for the bariatric surgery. It is in the process of being studied in Europe also! The great thing about it is no scar...they go through the mouth. Faster recovery, less complications. They also found that they put some patients under with the trach and the whole thing, but NOT the surgery, and of course they didn't know it and they lost weight! Just wanted to let people know so if anyone is considering it, perhaps should check into it first and possibly wait for further results and FDA approved!
I took my child there once and we turned away, they are serving unhealthy food to all those kids, I noticed that about 2/3 of all the kids were over weight. The let their children run wild all over the place without any supervision or discipline. They need to get some healthier meals like fish, chicken, salads and fruits. We as tax payers have to pay for all these children eating these disgusting meals and the money should be going to better causes. It also causes all these people to consume more gas going to the beach, remember we are in a gas crisis!!! Everyone has for gotten the type of mess from last year.
Diamond Drops

Carlsbad, NM

#12 Jun 4, 2009
Nickie wrote:
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I took my child there once and we turned away, they are serving unhealthy food to all those kids, I noticed that about 2/3 of all the kids were over weight. The let their children run wild all over the place without any supervision or discipline. They need to get some healthier meals like fish, chicken, salads and fruits. We as tax payers have to pay for all these children eating these disgusting meals and the money should be going to better causes. It also causes all these people to consume more gas going to the beach, remember we are in a gas crisis!!! Everyone has for gotten the type of mess from last year.
What do they serve?
Nickie

Carlsbad, NM

#13 Jun 4, 2009
Diamond Drops wrote:
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What do they serve?
Hamburgers and Hot Dogs. Salt, Beef, Pork, Fat, MSG, and Hi Carbs.
Diamond Drops

Carlsbad, NM

#14 Jun 4, 2009
Nickie wrote:
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Hamburgers and Hot Dogs. Salt, Beef, Pork, Fat, MSG, and Hi Carbs.
Yuck.
ellvis

Carlsbad, NM

#16 Jun 4, 2009
hi voice...i had the gastric bypass...wanted the lapband but the qualifing process showed i should go for the bypass...had diabetese, high blood pressure and severe sleep apnea....the bypass mechanically gets rid of all of them....plus shed 135 pounds so far....need about twenty more to be at ideal weight.....ate at the rec center today and wasnt to bad....burgers are tasty and the green chili probably helps in making it a healthier meal....it burns calories and has a lot of vitamin A which i dont get enough of...like c=hlll said....the lunches are free so its hard to make a variety but if you care to take your kids to the schools they are much healthier.....the meals at the river are appropriate for the area....there were a group of kids from out of town there and i was proud that carlsbad can do this and show visitors that they dont have to be nickel and dimed for everything while visiting a different place....and although i paid extra because its helping out with cost there were some parents there who i know didnt pay anything....it kind of irked me also but the wife said that they probably couldnt afford to so i guess we just have to accept things like this and just help out as much so that those who cant pay wont make it harder to get this blessing....word of advice.....go to the rec for your lunches.....went by the beach and it was very crowded and hot and uncomfortable....so much so that i almost witnesses a fight break out between parents....my wife advised the grandkids to never act like that during functions like this because it could cause the public to lose a good thing because of peoples stupidity...

“Don't go away mad just go away”

Since: Jan 09

Carlsbad NM

#17 Jun 7, 2009
ellvis wrote:
hi voice...i had the gastric bypass...wanted the lapband but the qualifing process showed i should go for the bypass...had diabetese, high blood pressure and severe sleep apnea....the bypass mechanically gets rid of all of them....plus shed 135 pounds so far....need about twenty more to be at ideal weight.....ate at the rec center today and wasnt to bad....burgers are tasty and the green chili probably helps in making it a healthier meal....it burns calories and has a lot of vitamin A which i dont get enough of...like c=hlll said....the lunches are free so its hard to make a variety but if you care to take your kids to the schools they are much healthier.....the meals at the river are appropriate for the area....there were a group of kids from out of town there and i was proud that carlsbad can do this and show visitors that they dont have to be nickel and dimed for everything while visiting a different place....and although i paid extra because its helping out with cost there were some parents there who i know didnt pay anything....it kind of irked me also but the wife said that they probably couldnt afford to so i guess we just have to accept things like this and just help out as much so that those who cant pay wont make it harder to get this blessing....word of advice.....go to the rec for your lunches.....went by the beach and it was very crowded and hot and uncomfortable....so much so that i almost witnesses a fight break out between parents....my wife advised the grandkids to never act like that during functions like this because it could cause the public to lose a good thing because of peoples stupidity...
I got the band. I lost a TON of weight and was really looking hot - until I got pregnant. Then I had to find ways to get around the band to get enough nutrition to my little munchkin. I found the cheats and unfortunately, did not forget them after I gave birth. I think a fill will do the trick to get me back on track, but I'm on a pretty tight budget with no insurance.

My dad had the bypass and it worked - too well. He lost so quickly that he kept passing out. I hope you had better experience with your bypass than he did. Good luck!

“Don't go away mad just go away”

Since: Jan 09

Carlsbad NM

#18 Jun 7, 2009
whatsinaname2009 wrote:
I remember eating at these lunches when I was my son's ages.
There is only one problem I have but it's one that can't be helped. Parents who SHOULD be paying, getting trays for kids who couldn't possilby eat what's on them. I'm talking 9 or 10 months old. Then finishing what the little ones couldn't eat. I don't see that as fair to those of us who pay for our plates. But, then again, these children are proably nothing but a welfare check to the parents anyway.
Excuse me, but I take issue with this. My 3 year old gets his free meal. I don't. He gets to pick what he wants and what he wants on whatever he gets. Occasionally, he leaves a few chips and maybe two bites of burger (or whatever). Rarely does he leave a sip or two of milk. I wait until he says that he is done, then yes, I finish what he does not eat. Just because it was a free meal for him does not mean that wasting leftovers is any more acceptable than if you bought it and cooked it at home. I eat his leftovers at home too. Waste not, want not, didn't you ever get that when you were a kid? Or the "starving kids in China" lecture?

And we are not on welfare and I find it offensive that you should think that all of these folks taking advantage of a free lunch are. As I posted before, I have seen families from all socioeconomic sectors there enjoying themselves.

The people doing this for the community are doing this for the community, not a select few.

OH, whoever posted about the junk food at the beach and rec center, there are wholesome meals at select schools. I think the rec center has a paper with all the info on where/when and maybe even a menu.
local opinion

Los Altos, CA

#19 Jun 7, 2009
Nickie wrote:
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Everyone has for gotten the type of mess from last year.
At least we have you to remind us.
Frisky Smith

Lovington, NM

#20 Jun 8, 2009
what mess?

“Don't go away mad just go away”

Since: Jan 09

Carlsbad NM

#21 Jun 8, 2009
Frisky Smith wrote:
what mess?
I was wondering that myself, anyone?
DocMoc

Lovington, NM

#22 Jun 9, 2009
Nickie wrote:
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Hamburgers and Hot Dogs. Salt, Beef, Pork, Fat, MSG, and Hi Carbs.
It is not that bad. Jeez, lighten up all ready. It is FREE afterall. The portions are not huge. The kids are only allowed one meal per day free. The milk is even 1 percent.

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