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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

There IS Such a Thing as a "Free Lunch"! Really! School Districts & Detroit Citizens Say So.

The Hazleton Pennsylvania School District announces its annual summer free lunch program:
District food service director Barbara Farley said the summer breakfast and lunch program is gearing up for its June 20 kick-off at parks, playgrounds and school buildings across the area.
Every child under the age of 18 in Greater Hazleton is encouraged to stop by any site and enjoy a nutritious meal free of charge.
Not only is the meal free, there are no participation guidelines other than age:
"You do not have to go to our school district to participate," Farley said.
There is no need to register or call in advance. There are no income limits. And the meals are served at no cost to the district.
Kazounds! How can the school district serve lunch for free? Well, that's a no-brainer:
"It's federally funded," Farley explained.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service administers the Summer Food Service Program on the federal level, and the state Department of Education oversees the program on the state level.
As the local sponsor, the Hazleton Area School District provides the meals free of charge and receives payment from the USDA through the state Department of Education.
It's not only the Hazleton School District giving out free lunches, it's happening in other areas such as New York City. This site states:
Free Summer Meals Coming Soon to Schools, Pools, and Parks Near You! School will be out and free summer meals are in from June 29th to September 2nd. That's right; any child 18 years of age and under can enjoy a free healthy and great tasting breakfast and lunch at hundreds of schools, pools, parks, New York City Housing Authority complexes and other locations around the city. No registration, documentation, or ID is required. In fact, children don't have to live in New York City or be enrolled in public school to enjoy a delicious free breakfast or lunch. Who thought during these tough times that saving money can be so economically and nutritiously rewarding. (emphasis added).
Aren't you delighted ANY child, regardless of income or residency can "save money" and eat on the taxpayer's tab?
Sigh. Isn't our government wonderful? It provides free food to anyone under the age of 18 years old who wants it. Don't you just love that "Obama Stash"?

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