Gov't expanding wasteful program

Thursday, February 27, 2014
 | 
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

A commentator thinks the expansion of free meals at schools is "disappointing" for several reasons.

On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the expansion of a pilot program that gives more students, regardless of income, free breakfast and lunch.

The program was initially aimed at students in 11 states, but beginning this July, it will include 22,000 schools across the country where more than one-third of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Gunlock

"It's disappointing to see the expansion of a program that has so obviously failed to provide good and healthy meals for kids," says Julie Gunlock of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF). "The reforms that happened in 2010 -- there have been many, many press reports that have said that kids are refusing food; they're throwing it away; there is massive waste. Some school districts have even gone so far as to refuse to participate in the program."

Gunlock thinks America is getting to a point where parents are no longer involved in their child's nutrition, so schools are filling that role.

"More and more kids are eating in these sort of institutional settings, when research shows that the best way to keep kids healthy is to make sure that parents have an active role in what they eat," she states.

The White House and other supporters of these types of programs have claimed this would help reduce the stigma for children who are eating for free or at a reduced price. But Gunlock poses that is something parents can do by teaching them basic manners -- like kindness.

"They always try to get rid of sort of the symptoms about tackling the real issues here. Part of taking away parental involvement also encourages parents to just check out of other things," the IWF spokeswoman concludes.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Why are homosexual activists pressuring Hollywood for more 'friendly' films and TV? (Choose all that apply)

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

NYC scrutinizing Trump campaign's use of Trump Tower atrium
Mississippi governor: 'Secular' world angry over LGBT law
Israel fills UN hall for anti-BDS conference
Big Trump checks to vets groups sent on day of media report
Pacific military exercises to include 27 nations, a record
4 dead, 10 hurt in South Korean construction explosion
Dozens shot, 6 dead following Chicago weekend violence
McConnell says Trump has earned GOP nomination
Justices reject union appeal over Trump Taj Mahal bankruptcy

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Combative Trump says he raised $5.6M for vets, bashes media
ISIS blamed for outbreak of gruesome flesh-eating disease among refugees
Lawyers for Clinton aide block questioning on IT specialist who set up server
A history of Katie Couric's assault on 2nd Amendment
Hillsong youth pastor dresses as naked cowboy; story gets weirder

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Objective: Equipping Christians to be more proactive about Israel

An online educational platform that originally targeted American-Jewish university students has now expanded to the evangelical Christian market.