There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch (or Breakfast)

Until I saw this article in the Daily Herald last week,I had no idea this was happening. It’s not just Alpine School District, but this was their press notice.

http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/article_b57fa762-8b85-11e0-b7de-001cc4c03286.html

Alpine School District

Summer Feeding Program The Alpine School District has announced the sponsorship of the 2011 Summer Feeding Program. Free meals will be made available to all children under the age of 18 years. Sites will serve breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Operating dates will vary by each serving site which are: Geneva Elementary, 665 West 400 North, Orem; Westmore Elementary, 1150 South Main, Orem; Greenwood Elementary, 50 East 200 South, American Fork; Cherry Hill Elementary, 250 East 1650 South, Orem; Mountain View High, 665 West Center, Orem; Sharon Elementary, 525 North 400 East, Orem; and Windsor Elementary, 1315 North Main, Orem. Please check with each school for dates and extended times.

The State Office of Education has put up a convenient website to allow for people everywhere to find the closest free meals for their children during the summer.  Remember, it doesn’t cost you a thing. It’s FREE. Everyone should take their children here because it’s FREE. Nobody is paying for it. Really. It’s wonderful because it’s FREE!!! Just tell your children the government will always take care of them, even when their parents can’t, and everything the government does is FREE. Or at least for the betterment of mankind, so just grin and bear it neighbors. Your lack of charity for your fellow beings necessitates the feeding of the 5,000 by the government. <end sarcasm>

http://www.schools.utah.gov/cnp/Summer-Food-Service-Program/Map.aspx

Unfortunately, as I asked around about this program I learned that it’s not just low income families using this program, but financially secure families thinking “free food” is fun. One unconfirmed statement given to me was if schools didn’t use all their money for this program, funds would be reduced for the next year so they have to give away breakfasts, lunches, and in some locations supper and snacks, in order to make sure they get funding for next year. In just about every school, food that is prepared every day is thrown out rather than consumed by the hungry or employees, or hungry employees. There must be tons of food thrown away every day in Utah schools alone that is perfectly good…but that’s another topic.

Thankfully, we don’t have it as bad here as in some other cities such as the Chicago Tribune reported recently about a school in Chicago where the principal banned students from bringing lunches from home to protect students from their own poor nutritional choices. Heaven forbid we let kids’ parents send them to school with a less than optimal lunch (or at least one not approved by Nanny McPrincipal).

http://www.eagleforum.org/educate/2011/may11/free-lunches.html

Utah, when are we going to wake up and smell the socialism? Does your legislator know this is happening?

26 Responses to “There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch (or Breakfast)”

  • Barbara:

    I know kids who get free breakfasts/lunch at school whose parents buy them Nike shoes (for example) so I’ve been thinking lowering the poverty level for this service would be a logical place to cut.  Now there is not a poverty cut off at all. This is ridiculous when we are in debt up to our eyeballs.  

  • Matt:

    Amazing!

  • Anon:

    Fee?  It comes from ‘Obama’s Stash,’ didn’t you know?

    All kidding aside, money (wealth) has to come from somewhere and that is off of the backs of hard working individuals who were not allowed to keep his/her earned wealth.  It’s saddening to know that there will those of us that will go and partake because it’s there.

    Sad indeed.

  • Michelle Stone:

    The worst thing about this, like all socialism, is the way it corrupts the people. I was shocked that my first natural response when I read this, after the involuntary socialism gag reflex, was, wow, maybe I should take my kids. We have 8 children, and I HATE fixing and cleaning up lunch every day, and with gas and everything else skyrocketing, we could use the help. This is awful! I am a freedom-loving, God-fearing, patriotic American mother, and this thought crossed my mind. Socialism corrupts, and when the people are corrupted, freedom no longer works.

    I know there are many problems to this and other such programs, but the biggest tragedy really is the corruption of the people. I believe that is the real intent here. This is all worded so positively–actually designed to overcome people’s natural conscience. No guilt, no shame, no consequences, no down side whatsoever. Come get lunch! It’s like taking your kids out to lunch, but for free! No cost, no clean up. It’s not just for poor people, it’s for everyone. A free gift from your government because we love you!

    How do we fight this? How can we help keep ourselves and others from falling into the trap? Especially as things get worse and worse?

  • Gen:

    There is a DVD documentary out titled “Agenda: Grinding America Down” by Curtis Bowers (Google it).   This compelling and eye opening documentary explains many things well, including how part of the agenda is overloading the system and causing an American economic collapse.  It’s a great DVD to share with neighbors, etc.

  • Michelle Stone:

    So, as I was saying, check out this web-site:
    http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65182

    Moms are actually thinking they are being thrifty and helping out by using this program. Here is my favorite quote, “FYI, I read somewhere that if this service isn’t used, the fundings is
    lost so if you can it’s important to use it when possible.”

  • Grace:

    This has been going on for a very long time. It is one of the biggest waste of money that our government and education system spends. We lived in Salt Lake over 10 years ago and while attending Liberty Park one day the school lunch ladies from a local school drove up and started handing out lunches to everyone. My kids were not in school yet and I was puzzled as to why they would give me a lunch and the answer was they didn’t know but it was just something that they had to do to receive funding. And we don’t have enough money in our district for new playground equipment for our very old school! Such a waste.

  • Jmomma4:

    A few years ago this was taking place in the Jordan School District also. I’m sure it’s still going on.

  • Jennifer:

    I think I’ll go to one of these schools and take pictures of the food thrown out. When is the next school district meeting? That’s where we need to go. I’ve come to the idea that we can make as much difference at the school district as with the government, but we must have large numbers.

  • Buffy Snell:

    Let me know when you’re going Jennifer.  There would be at least two of us there.  : )

  • Dg:

    I’ve battled this at home for a number of years.  My kids here of all their friends going, we get invited to join other families, and while I decline, I still haven’t felt bold enough to discourage my neighbors from going.  I need to step up.  If others have had experiences speaking up against this program, please share.

  • Susie:

    My concern is that this is welfare for everyone, just to get them used to it whether they need it or not.

    And for those who are currently on welfare, taxpayers through this program are paying twice for these people to eat. Don’t the poor already get foodstamps and aid for their children? This program offers breakfast and lunch when their parents have already received money for “free” food to eat at home with their families. This takes children out of the home even more and makes the school/gov’t their caregiver. What would Michelle Obama say about the obesity incurred by children eating twice the meals??

    Welfare like this turns the gov’t into the father/mother and caretaker, and takes that responsibility away from parents. In this case, there is no teaching children about wise shopping, preparing, cooking, not wasting food, or cleaning up after themselves. It’s all done for them…..and it’s FREE!

  • Mtnfoxx:

    This is ironic, school taxes continue to rise, property taxes rise, and then the rent is increased on the poor who think their getting a free lunch. 

    What about the food stamps the poor get?  Are they decreased when they get free breakfasts and lunches for their kids???

  • Gary:

    Hi Dg, You might tell them that if schools were efficient their property tax and income tax would decrease.  See my comments below about taxes and food stamps.  The poor get food stamps to take care of this, also the free breakfasts before school, takes away precious time at the dinner table from mom’s and their children.  We actually enable many bad actions and take away good responsibilities from parents when we support this.

  • Tana:

    Its going on in the Provo School, I live across the street and I see lots of very nice cars outside all summer taking their children to get the free lunches. Is this a school board issue or a state legislature issue? Who do we talk to about it? 

  • Tana:

    Its going on in the Provo School, I live across the street and I see lots of very nice cars outside all summer taking their children to get the free lunches. Is this a school board issue or a state legislature issue? Who do we talk to about it? 

  • Tana:

    Its going on in the Provo School, I live across the street and I see lots of very nice cars outside all summer taking their children to get the free lunches. Is this a school board issue or a state legislature issue? Who do we talk to about it? 

  • Tana:

    Its going on in the Provo School, I live across the street and I see lots of very nice cars outside all summer taking their children to get the free lunches. Is this a school board issue or a state legislature issue? Who do we talk to about it? 

  • Tana:

    Its going on in the Provo School, I live across the street and I see lots of very nice cars outside all summer taking their children to get the free lunches. Is this a school board issue or a state legislature issue? Who do we talk to about it? 

  • Tana:

    Its going on in the Provo School, I live across the street and I see lots of very nice cars outside all summer taking their children to get the free lunches. Is this a school board issue or a state legislature issue? Who do we talk to about it? 

  • Tana:

    Its going on in the Provo School, I live across the street and I see lots of very nice cars outside all summer taking their children to get the free lunches. Is this a school board issue or a state legislature issue? Who do we talk to about it? 

  • Anonymous:

    I think socialism started when Christ took (not paid for) loaves of bread and fishes and redistributed them to the 5,000 people who showed up to be educated.

  • TheKingsCourt, are you LDS? If so, please renew your understanding of socialism by reading these posts:
    https://www.utahsrepublic.org/education/agency-doing-the-lords-work-in-the-lords-way/
    https://www.utahsrepublic.org/civics/socialism-is-not-the-united-order/

    Regardless, Christ didn’t “redistribute” anything in this example. He asked for a voluntary contribution which in the end took up more than they started with after feeding everyone. Socialism is Satan’s doctrine and it *started* in the premortal life. Christ’s doctrine is individual responsibility and laboring for your wages.

  • Anonymous:

    No, I’m not LDS and I’m not sure what they has to do with socialism, but I’m one your greatest fans and have been influenced greatly by your website.  Individual responsibility or not, giving people something for free teaches them to expect it in the future which leads to socialism and communism. I”m even against the free samples at Costco because of all the parents who take their children there to get a free dinner. What is that teaching their children? Let’s go eat on some else’s dime? Like others have echoed on the comment boards, we should not be providing free lunch to anyone, not matter what their economic circumstances.  Whether or not Christ took the food or making the more fortunate feel guilty for not donating food, he is still modeling socialism by giving free food to those who are too lazy to get a job or take responsibility for feeding themselves. Once you feed someone for free, they will expect it again. That is socialism.

    I like what Susie said:

    Welfare like this turns the gov’t into the father/mother and caretaker, and takes that responsibility away from parents. In this case, there is no teaching children about wise shopping, preparing, cooking, not wasting food, or cleaning up after themselves. It’s all done for them…..and it’s FREE!

    Keep up the good work!

  • Having to throw out uneaten lunch food is a federal thing, not a state or district one.  It is a waste.  Especially in this economy.

     ANYTIME a student eats a school lunch, even if they pay full price, they are still taking part of the government’s FREE.  ALL school lunches are subsidized by the federal government.  So anyone who has children who eat school lunch are using the tax dollars of others.

    All across the nation there are families who’s only source of income is food stamps.  Yet their children still need toothpaste, shoes, and soap.  Items not covered by food stamps.  Right or wrong, parents in these situations have found ways to use their food stamps (or EBT cards)  to provide these items for their kids.  Maybe they buy milk for their neighbor in return for the cash to go and by laundry detergent or go to the laundry mat. 

    I’m not talking families that have made scamming the system an art form, or families that choose not to put the proper effort into finding a job. 

    I’m talking about families that did everything right.  Families who had savings, a job, food storage….prepared in every way.  And then they lost their job.  Go spend some time at the Provo Food Bank.  You’ll find families in this very situation.  (BTW, did you know that this food bank accepts excess garden and orchard produce? ‘Tis the season.)

    Should parents who are perfectly able to feed their children be taking part of the summer lunch program?  I wouldn’t and I don’t. 

    But I wouldn’t be too quick to say that a family receiving food stamps should have their children exempt from school lunches.   At least until you have experienced the situation yourself and led the way in refusing school lunch plans. 

    Or watched your children go hungry in order to make a political statement. 

    (And, no.  My family does not receive food stamps.) 

  • Yakatyalater:

    I agree with Tammy 100%…I do believe there is an agenda here with this socialism crap!