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This weekend I was grocery shopping and a young couple with a child were in the checkout line in front of me. They were using food stamps and WIC benefits. The woman was covered with tattoos and the man had a very large earring with a diamond stud. They bought several hundred dollars in groceries for about $20. If there is such a stigma associated with public benefits, then let's consider just giving everyone free food and groceries. Then there will plenty of money for beer, cigarettes and tattoos.
There is a way to give free food to students who need it without letting everyone know. How about just using some type of cards that are preloaded with a certain number of free breakfasts or lunches? Students who can afford to pay could simply purchase the cards and no one (except the administrative staff) would know who was receiving free or reduced cost meals. If more than half of the children are eligible for free or reduced cost meals, I doubt there is much of a stigma.
One other problem is that students are required to eat their meals in a very short period of time and are not permitted to take any food out of the cafeterias. This includes apples, oranges and other items that students could save for a snack later on. You would be astounded to know how much good food goes in the trash.
I object to giving free meals to those who make a lot of mone. I grew up in a very low income family and my mother actually fixed lunch for us to take to school.
Your article about Sally Fullmer is not accurate. Sally made a knowing and informed decision not to accept any campaign funds. The last time she ran she was roundly criticized for accepting donations from Duane Alton. If she accepts donations, she is portrayed as being unreasonable, if she does not accept donations, then you imply that she has absolutely no support in the community. So far as I can tell, donations to and endorsements of Bob Douthitt mean that the rich and powerful stick together. When I asked for a breakdown of the one million dollar budget for the District 81 School Board, I was told that I would have to come to the school district office to meet with the CPA who would "explain" it to me. The School Board does not make their budget of one million dollars publicly available. I'm voting for Sally Fullmer because she believes in transparancy.
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