According to a recent NPR article, schools are now dishing up dinner to kids in need because their parents, already struggling to feed them breakfast and lunch, cannot pull in enough to feed them dinner either. Some members of the public, including the millionaire, drug-abusing, loud-mouth Rush Limbaugh simply don’t see this as a necessary addition to school programs.
From the article:
Not long after the start of the school year, Monique Sanders, a teacher at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Manchester, Conn., realized many of her students were going to bed hungry.
In class, says Sanders, that meant stressed-out kids with stomachaches, unable to concentrate, and lots of acting out.
“They have anger issues,” she says. “They don’t know what’s really going on sometimes at home, so that comes into the school.”
So last February, Nathan Hale Elementary began a dinner program for children enrolled in after-school activities. Most evenings, Sanders shepherds a few dozen children, ages 6 through 11, from the old renovated fire station that houses the after-school program to the school cafeteria across the street.
With some parents out of work, basic bills become stressful to pay off. One couple quoted in the article as utilizing the program for their child notes that after the husband lost his job in a niche industry easily affected by the economic downturn, it became an incredible struggle to pay for their exorbitant rent, car, and utilities. They rely on the school to feed their child because they appear to have little time or money of their own to properly provide for their families.
And while some are relying on this dinner service, there are some in the community who believe that some others have taken advantage of the system simply because they chose to have too many children and are out of work. Rush Limbaugh threw his two cents in and noted that children utilizing this dinner service should simply live 24-7 at the school being that the only point of sending them home is to sleep.
What do you think about schools providing three squares a day to children now? Do you think that it’s really the responsibility of the taxpayer to support family’s who cannot support their families? Is this simply poor decision-making on the part of the parents because they have high rents and low incomes with too many children or is this something that the collective should be working to support through tax dollars? Are there other options available which may be better than school’s providing the service? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.