This video was shared by well-respected Journalist Dan Rather’s News and Guts page on Facebook. After much discussion on my private FB profile, I decided everyone needed to view this. And you need to share it, please.
The discussion on after school programs and free and reduced lunch programs for students is a bit stunning. While no one loves taxes, most understand why they are necessary and that many needed programs are funded by taxpayers. That’s how our government functions.
Here’s the first part of the quote by White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney “They’re supposed to help kids who don’t get fed at home get fed so they do better in school. Guess what? There’s no demonstrable evidence they’re actually doing that. There are no demonstrable evidence to having results, helping kids do better in school.”
A reporter stops him to ask if he means no programs at all are actually helping kids. He stumbles a bit more then defends these actions by saying that they’re not just thinking of those who are needy, instead, they’re focusing on both parties and if they don’t have evidence of it actually helping, they’re thinking of the people who are taxpayers.
So where’s the study to see what is helping? Food helps keep people healthy and even helps to keep them alive. Certainly, anyone who has spent time in a school has witnessed the need of these programs and would happily participate in a study to show everyone what benefits they receive from helping fund these programs by being taxpayers.
At SJK, we’re for kids, this is unethical and disgusting. We support education and our children terribly in this country and this move is over the top. Taking care of our community, the neediest in our community, is indeed a civic obligation. We are so very sad to see words like this from anyone but especially at the White House. Common sense tells us that feeding our children and providing after school educational programs is a benefit to them.
“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Get ready Colorado and Jeffco, we may very well have to be the individuals who volunteer double-time to ensure the neediest in our community are served and cared for appropriately.
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Here are a few comments from friends, some who benefitted from the program, some who are or were teachers, and some who just care about people, especially children:
- If it wasn’t for free lunches at school when my 3 boys went I don’t know how I’d have made it.
- What I don’t understand is that even if there hasn’t been confirmation that hungry children don’t do as well in school (and as a teacher, I vehemently disagree that it doesn’t make a difference), why does that make it okay for kids to go hungry?
- I remember working at an elementary as a lunch lady, and many a time a child was brought down because their stomach hurt….. because they hadn’t eaten last night or that morning.
- When my father passed away, my mother was suddenly a displaced homemaker, without an education, and with 3 children to raise and put through school. There were some very lean years there, and being able to count on free breakfast and lunch for the three of us was a lifesaver. Beyond personal or humanitarian feelings, study after study proves the correlation between learning and hunger, and in addition to that, hunger and disruptive behavior. Cutting these programs doesn’t even just impact the individual child, but the overall classroom management.
- They are in outer space when they say free lunches and breakfasts don’t help kids. They DO make a difference in the ability of a child to perform well and also help keep them healthy. I challenge any adult to go without adequate (or any) meals for several days in a row and see how well they can perform their job.
- I’m sitting here trying to think of something to say, but I’m speechless. How can you say that since you don’t see any evidence that it helps, we should let CHILDREN go hungry. If you’d just spend a day in a school where children worry about when they’ll get to eat again, you wouldn’t need proof on paper. You’d see it with your own eyes.
- You know.. I don’t have kids but this is still something that really gets to me… For some kids, the school meal is the ONLY meal they will have all day. So they will go hungry at home and at school and risk doing well in class because they can’t focus. There is enough funding for this program and always has been. There is no need to touch this.
- So… if you’re not going to get good grades, then you’re just not worthy of being fed?!!
- Their ignorance is equal to my outrage. There are simply no words to express my anger. Write your congressman!