September 8, 2013
The New Reality of 'Free Lunches'
We have ObamaCare and Obamaphones, so we may as well have Obamameals. Yesterday, the AP reported that in Boston, schoolchildren carrying lunchboxes could become "a more unusual sight as parents learn about a federal program that is now providing all public school students in the city with free breakfast and lunch." The AP continues, "The nation's oldest school system has joined a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that has spread to 10 states and the District of Columbia that offers students two free meals every school day, whether or not their families can afford them." Julia would be proud. A column in USA Today last year noted, "Twelve million kids currently eat school breakfasts, but that number will soar. Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010, all schools with 40% low-income students will be allowed to offer free breakfasts and lunch to all students." As the AP also notes, the HHFKA authorized $4.5 billion in new federal spending....(Read Full Article)