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    All Detroit Schoolkids To Get Free Meals

    Good grief.



    All Detroit Public Schools students from kindergarten through 12th grade will get free breakfast, lunch and snacks starting this fall under a federal pilot program, the district announced Tuesday.

    "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 Mark Schrupp, the district's chief operating officer. "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."
    Free Meals for all Detroit Schoolchildren in Fall

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    Re: All Detroit Schoolkids To Get Free Meals

    The horror! Our tax dollars being spent to buy FOOD for CHILDREN!!

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    Re: All Detroit Schoolkids To Get Free Meals

    Uhm...that's what auto-pay accounts were designed to do. Parents who didn't qualify for free lunch programs deposited money into their child's account, and the free-lunch kids had "money" deposited into their accounts. Each kid enters their number at the "checkout" and then carries their plate off to the table. Non-free lunches were tracked and when funds got low e-mails were sent to parents.

    Why in the world are we subsizing people who can and should be taking care of their own children all for the sake of the smaller percentage who need the help? There are cheaper, more efficient ways to use tax payer money to cater to the emotional health of poverty-stricken children.
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    Re: All Detroit Schoolkids To Get Free Meals

    There's a cheaper way to get rid of this stigma/bullying.

    My school had a system where everyone had a code, free meal or not. You type in your code and depending on your meal status it either draws out of money you've deposited in that account, or says you're under the free meal plan and lets you pass through. No one can tell the difference except you and the servers.

    The one-time cost of a system like that would likely be drastically cheaper than giving free meals to everyone.

    EDIT: Ah, yes. Like what Tessa said.
    Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 08-16-11 at 04:25 PM.

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    Re: All Detroit Schoolkids To Get Free Meals

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Uhm...that's what auto-pay accounts were designed to do. Parents who didn't qualify for free lunch programs deposited money into their child's account, and the free-lunch kids had "money" deposited into their accounts. Each kid enters their number at the "checkout" and then carries their plate off to the table. Non-free lunches were tracked and when funds got low e-mails were sent to parents.

    Why in the world are we subsizing people who can and should be taking care of their own children all for the sake of the smaller percentage who need the help? There are cheaper, more efficient ways to use tax payer money to cater to the emotional health of poverty-stricken children.
    Exactly. There is no stigma. Kids have no idea who gets a bill sent home and who doesn't. Seem to me to be nothing but an attempt to get more and more people reliant upon the government.

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    Re: All Detroit Schoolkids To Get Free Meals

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    The horror! Our tax dollars being spent to buy FOOD for CHILDREN!!
    We're going broke, for the children.
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    Re: All Detroit Schoolkids To Get Free Meals

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    The horror! Our tax dollars being spent to buy FOOD for CHILDREN!!
    Well, they have to find a way to get rid of all the excess food that was produced by govt subsidies to large corporate farms.
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    Re: All Detroit Schoolkids To Get Free Meals

    guess you didn't see this:

    Most Detroit schoolchildren also meet income rules for free lunch.

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    Re: All Detroit Schoolkids To Get Free Meals

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    guess you didn't see this:
    So where does the stigma come in when nearly all of them are getting free lunches anyway?

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    Re: All Detroit Schoolkids To Get Free Meals

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    guess you didn't see this:
    That may be true, but there is still a much cheaper way to get rid of this stigma. And in a city as broke as Detroit, they should be going with the less expensive option that will get the same job done. All kids who qualify could still have free meals, and it would completely get rid of any associated stigma because no one would be able to tell the difference if they're all punching in a code.

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