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My Free School Lunch Horror Story

Society & Culture  (tags: children, americans, education, family, free lunch )

- 1771 days ago -
Yes, when I was a kid I had free school lunches and it made me feel so ashamed, but not for the reason you might think.


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Nancy M (147)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 9:54 am
This is for all those who think that those poor kids should be the school janitors.

JL A (281)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 10:05 am
School bullying is already too big of a problem to make it get worse by such ghastly ideas.

pam w (139)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 10:13 am
"How about we put these working children in orange jump suits to make it even easier to target them for something they had nothing to do with?"

++++++++++++ about making them have FREELOADER tattooed on their foreheads?

Nancy M (147)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 10:19 am
No kidding.

some of these kids have enough to worry about. like looking after younger siblings for example.

Uno D (666)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 10:31 am
How about we fine Paul Ryan for every idiotic comment he makes. That should cover a lot of kids' free lunches.

Nancy M (147)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 10:50 am
great idea Uno

Nancy M (147)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 10:58 am
Actually though, wasn't it Newt Gingrich who first promoted this idea?

Dee C (229)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 11:31 am
Its one thing (and not a very nice thing by no means) for kids to be cruel..but to have grown adults act so thoughtlessly is quite another..
The situation in bullying is bad enough..but to make these kids an open target for inexcusable..

Thanks Nancy..
Noted and shared..

Nancy M (147)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 11:38 am
I admit that it can be something of a sore point for me as I have recently had family mebers receiving free lunches. I had one niece who, in HS, simply refused to eat lunch. As a babay sitter for her much yourger sister, she had enough to do in life.

Jim Phillips (3247)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 11:56 am
"Rep. Ryan and the other assholes who come up with new ways to make poor people feel like shit need to be voted out of office. The sooner the better."

The voters in Wisconsin really need to get this puke, Rep. Paul Ryan (R) out of office!

ty, Nancy.

Bill C (353)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 12:21 pm
Schools should provide 2 meals a day free for anyone

Even the greasy meatloaf which was great, if you got an extra piece of bread for drainage

Barbara K (61)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 1:04 pm
I've always thought that all school lunches should be free for all children. We could have healthier children in the long run.

Patrice M (84)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 1:40 pm
Those who piously push charter schools and lobby hard not to have actual science taught are the ones also pushing the minority kids as janitors idea. And this, I think, shows their true agenda. They actual hate public school kids. They look down on the poor and minorities.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 2:09 pm
School bullying is horrible.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that there is a great deal of bullying on Care 2. There is even an anti-bullying group.

Mandi T (366)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 4:02 pm

Phil R (29)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 6:42 pm
School is a place where children should feel comfortable. Where they can enjoy (and i'm gonna use this Richard Feynman quote for the second time today) "the pleasure of finding things out".
This means a welcoming and stress free atmosphere and free lunches without strings attached for those who need it. Paul Ryan fancies himself a Ayn Rand Libertarian.....these people actually believe that if you don't have the means to provide yourself with a meal, you should just starve. Want to see what kind of people these are? Follow this link;

Gina Caracci (219)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 8:48 pm
I would have stood up for the author..damn kids! They learned this at home obviously..another generation of tea bags
I had free or reduced lunches for a bit in school..cant remember which....I dont think anyone knew and if they did I would have told them to screw..although i was bullied in school until one day I stood up for myself and that ended quickly..
Id LOVE to call out these supposed Christians and ask them exactly what Bible they read..perhaps they forgot Jesus said to feed the poor..perhaps they forgot they are supposed to sell their possession TO feed them? hypocrites

and Phil: I watched that video ..appalling.. I would have WENT OFF on those aholes!

Nancy M (147)
Friday March 14, 2014, 5:47 am
Betsy- you are right about that bullying....

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday March 14, 2014, 7:06 am
Very sad, indeed. As though being poor weren't enough of a punishment & source of shame in such a wealth-oriented society as ours. Far too much emphasis on status & status symbols. No sense of solidarity developed in the young, since their parents most likely don't bring them up to feel any. And right-wing politicians are giving the public reason & cause to blame the poor for their predicament, when everyone who cares to keep up to date with the news knows that the economic crisis has only ended for the top 10%.

This is the same old trick as always: teach people to despise & beat up on those below them; keeps the upper 10% safe.

Bryan S (105)
Friday March 14, 2014, 8:27 am
Well too bad all the a-holes like Ryan in this country don't demand the same level of responsibility and good conduct from mega-wealthy corporations and wealthy individuals as they do from the poor. I guess it's easier to kick someone when they're weak.

Thanks Nancy.

Angie V (12)
Friday March 14, 2014, 12:10 pm
This is horrible! Children should not be punished and bullied for being hungry and in need. Its not their fault if they are in need and should not be treated as slaves because of it!

Rebecca F (34)
Friday March 14, 2014, 4:10 pm
Correct, Nancy, Gingrich was the one that wanted kids to work for free lunch, not Ryan.
And, Paul Ryan is NOT libertarian. Libertarians do not consider him libertarian, only the media does.
And, he should be voted out for not being Libertarian.

Nancy M (147)
Friday March 14, 2014, 4:34 pm
Thanks for your comment Rebecca

Syd H (48)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 10:37 am

Not sure if I should butt in... I have some strong views on school lunch (and breakfast) based on several things including Reagan, allergies, peer pressure, nutrition, corporations, local foods, and more. I could go on and on, perhaps writing several diary entries for Daily Kos. :D

But, in 4th grade I think we all had to do a week or even two if it rotated around again, helping in the kitchen and with serving. I was scared silly before I started but soon loved it as I was giving important praise, and extra of my fave stuff when it came time for my lunch. I believe my lunch was free for me that week too.

So... I think all kids should do some rotational chores around school.

Nancy M (147)
Tuesday March 18, 2014, 8:00 am
That's a great comment Syd. If every one had to do it..... teaches responsibility. But it has to be everyone. it might do better at preventing "affluenza" than anything else.
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