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Missouri State Legislator Davis to Hungry Kids: Let Them Eat McDonalds!

Missouri State Legislator Davis to Hungry Kids:  Let Them Eat McDonalds!

As the chair of the House Special Standing Committee on Children and Families, you might expect Missouri State Rep. Cynthia Davis to have a little compassion for hungry families in her state.  Well, you’d be wrong. Or as columnist on St. Louis Today wrote

“State Rep. Cynthia Davis, R-O’Fallon, is staking out a strong position on child hunger: She’s for it.”

According to a recent report published by Feeding America, 1 in 6 young children live on the brink of hunger in 26 states in the U.S. and the rate of “food insecurity” in young children is 33 percent higher than in U.S. adults. 

But in Davis’ state, it’s worse–1 in 5 children in her state are hungry. Thanks to the recession, more Missouri children qualify for free or reduced school meals–the rate increased by 8.3 percent–well above the national average according to St. Louis Today.

Rather than support an a federal summer program that provides meals to children who qualify for free or reduced school meals during the school year, Davis has some interesting advice for the poor families in her state.

“The right way to solve this is with more education. If parents … don’t know how to serve nutritious meals, let’s help them learn to do that.”

Actually, I think the problem is that parents don’t know how to serve nutritious meals made from air since they can’t afford to serve meals, not just nutritious meals. Food or money would help with that, not education.  Education in the form of job training and re-traing could be a long term solution.

Here are Davis’ other tips for poor familes:

“Families may economize by choosing not to waste hard earned dollars on potato chips, ice cream or Twinkies.”

Because of course, hungry families only eat junkfood.

“Laid-off parents could adapt by preparing more home cooked meals rather than going out to eat.”

Really? You think? 

“Tip: If you work for McDonald’s, they will feed you for free during your break.”

While this may be true, most of those hungry children in Missouri are under the age of 16. This means they cannot legally work at McDonalds in order to get a free meal during work breaks.  Good idea though–especially after you expressed so much concern that families feed their children nutritious meals.

The rest of her commentary is laughable and includes an arugment that providing a summer meal program could actually diminish family relationships because going to the “public soup kitchen” for a free meal might break up families. 

I know, I can’t explain it either.

My fellow Americans, please, we must stop electing people who think compassion is something reserved for Sunday church services or that government programs meant to stave off the hunger of children are not excuses to “create an expansion of a government program” just for the fun of it. 

Here’s some advice for Davis.  Hungry children deserve your help and compassion, not your condescension and ignorance.

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4:53PM PST on Jan 23, 2011

what a itch

1:25PM PST on Dec 7, 2010

what a heartless brainless woman..but then most GOPers are.

8:24PM PDT on Jul 2, 2009

In addition to Ms. Davis, you might consider exploring another oddity from Missouri: a law which, beginning in August, will change all sawmills to flower shops or farms.

5:26PM PDT on Jul 2, 2009

So this is a strange place. I am pro choice and ready to feed the conservative representative from Missouri Happy Meals 3 times a day until she willingly feeds poor children. But when I support my friend's right to have his tiger, I am a terrible person, he an ignorant redneck, and PETA and Sky are angels with halos. Someone asked why I am on Care2. Because I am a Christian and what some would call a liberal and I don't like some self aggrandizing outside agitator provoking my friend's tiger and then blaming him for it. And if PETA can't go help the cows and horses with no shade on Highway 30 and the alligators who had to leave Alligator Bayou, they are no better than anti-abortionists who don't support public schools, subsidized housing, and universal health care. Tony has an air condtioner and sprayers. Big Cat Rescue has skeletons in the closet and if Tony is taken from Michael he won't go to them. And if Michael has a heart attack because of their harrassment, there is a higher power PETA and Sky will answer to, as will the Missouri politician who won't feed the children. God wins over hypocrites every time and Jesus Christ was Radical Left.

2:24PM PDT on Jun 30, 2009

Theresa I get the point. MY point is too many people have way too many children they cannot afford in the first place. But NO. We should NOT take away programs to feed children who are already here. They do not deserve to go hungry and should NOT go hungry or be fed only Mc Donalds and other unhealthy crap. I am FOR the innocent children and not the adults having them one after another without worrying about how they are going to care for and feed them.

9:58AM PDT on Jun 30, 2009

The point that a lot of people commenting are missing is that this is not a plan proposed to help irresponsible adults but to FEED children who often have no idea when they'll see their next meal. I suppose the same people would take away the lunch program during the school year as well? The proposal would merely fill the summer gap of a good, widely accepted program that many children depend on. Ms. Davis' advice is simply idiotic.

8:13AM PDT on Jun 29, 2009

Davis' remarks are conclusive evidence that she has no concept of reality whatsoever. She has obviously never wanted for anything, nor does she understand anyone who has. But for the grace of God, she could be on the other side of the coin. And it just could happen too. Then she would change her tune, poste haste.

11:14AM PDT on Jun 27, 2009

Chris, who said crack babies should not be cared for? They should be, but not the selfish women having them. They should be sterilized so no more children suffer at their hands. People with temporary, legitimate hardships ARE going without because of the huge amount of resources needed for these children, and the people having children to keep themselves on welfare.

8:15AM PDT on Jun 27, 2009

And for those of you who rant on about not wanting to help women and crack let's punish EVERYONE because of these lowlifes. People with legitimate hardshipp should be denied help because paying for crack babies makes you mad?

8:13AM PDT on Jun 27, 2009

This woman is an idiot, and should be removed from office and replaced with someone who is even remotely in touch with people not in her socio-economic group. And so are several of you, Amanda R. Geez. Such stupidity. The issue here isnt about not knowing how to make nutritious's about not having any food at all!

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