Liberalism gone wild: how to reduce the stigma of free lunch

Why everyone receives one, of course, regardless of need.

This is no joke from the Detroit Free Press:

All Detroit Public Schools students will receive free breakfast, lunch and snacks in an effort to remove the stigma of being from a low-income family.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture program chose Michigan as one of three states to participate in the pilot program. Charter schools and districts in Michigan can participate if at least 40% of students are eligible for public assistance.

Who needs to pay for meals, eh? The line moves much faster when you don’t have to whip out a wallet.

“One of the primary goals of this program is to eliminate the stigma that students feel when they get a free lunch, as opposed to paying cash,” said DPS Chief Operating Officer Mark Schrupp. “Some students would skip important meals to avoid being identified as low-income. Now, all students will walk through a lunch line and not have to pay. Low-income students will not be easily identifiable and will be less likely to skip meals.”

Although not required to participate, parents are still being asked to fill out a survey that includes income analysis to ensure that children, schools and the district will continue to receive millions of dollars in benefits and resources from the state and federal governments, as well as private grants. Program funding dependent on the surveys includes tutoring, after-school programs, field trips, technology and equipment, DDOT bus cards, free college testing, enrichment activities and others.

The never-ending flow of other people’s money, now to those who don’t even need it.

Why am I not surprised? That free Obama money, making the rounds.

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One Response

  1. I don’t know how they do it in Detroit, but this is a non-issue in the schools my son attended before we started homeschooling. The schools had account system – IF the children brought money (rather than parents handling everything online), it was handed to the teacher in the morning so that they didn’t have to carry it around. The students had a code they told the cafeteria ladies. No one was paying at the lunch bar except for a few visiting parents (and my son would proudly “pay” for my lunch with his code – “Lunch is on me, Mom!”). This was standard practice in Virginia and even a little rural Tennessee town we lived in. I wonder if this “stigma” really exists or if its just yet another excuse to get people hooked on the welfare state?

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