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(MLive.com)   Not News: eight-year old watches fellow student with delinquent lunch tab get a cold sandwich instead of a hot school meal. Fark: eight-year old raises $14,000 to pay for 4,000 reduced-price meals   (mlive.com) divider line 186
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2014-03-06 08:48:21 AM  
That's true charity.  The kid saw a need, and asked people to help him to help others voluntarily.  Bravo, young Sir.
 
2014-03-06 08:53:35 AM  
Wait.  Kids have to PAY for their school lunches!??  When I was a kid, it was only the breakfasts they served before opening bell that kids had to pay for (and it was optional, of course).  Lunches were free.  WHAT KIND OF A MAD, TWISTED WORLD ARE WE LIVING IN, NOW!??
 
2014-03-06 08:54:40 AM  
Now every kid at the school can enjoy assorted horse parts.
 
2014-03-06 08:58:49 AM  
Guh, I hate the word 'meal'
 
2014-03-06 08:59:59 AM  

xanadian: Lunches were free.


went to high school in the 80's.  Lunch at school was CHEAP, but never free unless you were one of the poor kids.  But us regular kids were paying, what, a buck 50 or so.  milk was a dime, i think.
 
2014-03-06 09:01:16 AM  

DecemberNitro: Guh, I hate the word 'meal'


A sandwich is a sandwich, but a Manwich is a meal.

Or a Man Witch is a Warlock.
I can never keep that straight.
 
2014-03-06 09:01:36 AM  

xanadian: Wait.  Kids have to PAY for their school lunches!??  When I was a kid, it was only the breakfasts they served before opening bell that kids had to pay for (and it was optional, of course).  Lunches were free.  WHAT KIND OF A MAD, TWISTED WORLD ARE WE LIVING IN, NOW!??


Those gold-plated six-figure public-employee pensions aren't free, you know.  Somebody has to pay for them.
 
2014-03-06 09:01:58 AM  
Good for him! I gotta say though reading through it something struck me...
"the students to take an alternate lunch of a sandwich, fruit and milk. "
Sad to say that's probably a better lunch than I will have today so I'm really not outraged. If school lunch is the same as it was when I was going to elementary school the kids are probably coming out better nutrition and taste wise with the sandwich milk and fruit.
 
2014-03-06 09:04:01 AM  

dittybopper: That's true charity.  The kid saw a need, and asked people to help him to help others voluntarily.  Bravo, young Sir.


Fully agree!

And at least this wasn't another story of some school actually trashing food because of the negative balance, and while the kids didn't get a hot meal, they at least got food. But still, very awesome of the kid to do this, hopefully he never loses his desire to help others.
 
2014-03-06 09:04:09 AM  
I hope the other kid's parent get inspired.
 
2014-03-06 09:05:53 AM  
Considering I ate pizza, at full price all the way through high school and am a tubby fat ass, those kids should be excited at not having cholesterol, blood pressure and weight issues in their future.
 
2014-03-06 09:06:48 AM  
I think it's abhorrent that the school system has two classes of meals.   You would think if there is one place on earth that should attempt to treat children equally its the public school system.
 
2014-03-06 09:07:33 AM  

seniorgato: Considering I ate pizza, at full price all the way through high school and am a tubby fat ass, those kids should be excited at not having cholesterol, blood pressure and weight issues in their future.


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2014-03-06 09:07:58 AM  

Phinn: xanadian: Wait.  Kids have to PAY for their school lunches!??  When I was a kid, it was only the breakfasts they served before opening bell that kids had to pay for (and it was optional, of course).  Lunches were free.  WHAT KIND OF A MAD, TWISTED WORLD ARE WE LIVING IN, NOW!??

Those gold-plated six-figure public-employee pensions aren't free, you know.  Somebody has to pay for them.


^This^

Along with third world levels of corruption.  No-show jobs, pay-to-play, nepotism, patronage, no-bid contracts......
 
2014-03-06 09:08:18 AM  
memedepot.com
 
2014-03-06 09:08:21 AM  
Everybody a mandatory criminal , the new Law Enforcement education system of the 21st century!
 
2014-03-06 09:11:09 AM  
Cheese eating surrender monkeys.
 
2014-03-06 09:12:24 AM  
What's wrong with a sandwich?
 
2014-03-06 09:13:14 AM  
Why aren't the parents feeding their own kids? The most basic need of all, food is being neglected by these totally irresponsible parents. I'll be they all have DirecTV and an iPhone, though.
 
2014-03-06 09:15:11 AM  

SuperChuck: What's wrong with a sandwich?


Nothing, whats wrong is humiliating small children because their parents can't afford to feed them.  When these kids grow, some of them are going to realize what a raw deal they got.  Remember that a few years from now, when they're getting ready to parade your head around on the end of a pike.
 
2014-03-06 09:15:31 AM  

xanadian: Wait.  Kids have to PAY for their school lunches!??  When I was a kid, it was only the breakfasts they served before opening bell that kids had to pay for (and it was optional, of course).  Lunches were free.  WHAT KIND OF A MAD, TWISTED WORLD ARE WE LIVING IN, NOW!??


Obama's world.
 
2014-03-06 09:15:50 AM  

SuperChuck: What's wrong with a sandwich?


I was thinking the same thing, what is wrong with a sandwich? I send my kid to school everyday with a sandwich for lunch.
 
2014-03-06 09:17:22 AM  

Pick: Why aren't the parents feeding their own kids? The most basic need of all, food is being neglected by these totally irresponsible parents. I'll be they all have DirecTV and an iPhone, though.


And a refrigerator!
 
2014-03-06 09:19:09 AM  
This kid raises money to feed others.

I did a science project where I grew some bean seeds

to show that..

because...

Well, I showed that some seeds grow into plants.  Really groundbreaking stuff.
 
2014-03-06 09:19:25 AM  
I graduated high school ten years ago. We had regular school food which was cheap and 3rd party vendors. Domino's pizza, subway and a grill that had really good chicken sandwiches and stuff. My senior year we had an Outback Steakhouse express and a cafeteria that was set up like a mall food court.
 
2014-03-06 09:19:55 AM  
I worked at a Golden Corral all through high school. I never ate lunch at school, just waited until after school and raided the good food at the Corral.
 
2014-03-06 09:21:18 AM  
good on the kid but sadly we live in a country where a child needs to raise money for other children to eat food.
 
2014-03-06 09:23:32 AM  

seniorgato: Considering I ate pizza, at full price all the way through high school and am a tubby fat ass, those kids should be excited at not having cholesterol, blood pressure and weight issues in their future.


oatmeal all over the place, thanks a lot.
 
2014-03-06 09:24:03 AM  
Every child in America should get a full, nutritious school lunch, no strings attached.  It takes a pretty massive piece of sh*t to think otherwise, or to think that it's fair to segregate students' nutrition based on their parents' perceived or actual failings.  But...welcome to Fark.  I'm sure that at least one or two massive pieces of sh*t will be offended by my accurate characterization.

No child in the richest nation in the world should EVER go hungry, but the party of Jesus has decided that we just can't afford it, especially when there are tanks and fighter jets to build and rich people's taxes to cut.  Hallelujah.
 
2014-03-06 09:24:31 AM  
I like the kid standing up and doing something, I'm just a bit confused on what the child thought the problem was? Was having kids get a free sandwhich some injustice that needed to be corrected?
 
2014-03-06 09:27:10 AM  

xanadian: Wait.  Kids have to PAY for their school lunches!??  When I was a kid, it was only the breakfasts they served before opening bell that kids had to pay for (and it was optional, of course).  Lunches were free.  WHAT KIND OF A MAD, TWISTED WORLD ARE WE LIVING IN, NOW!??


No, they weren't free.  TANSTAAFL.  *SOMEBODY* was paying for them.

Also, we had to pay for our lunches when I was a kid, even back in the early 1970's.
 
2014-03-06 09:27:44 AM  
Of course, people will have a problem with this.

/"as long as it's not seafood!"
//definitely not obscure
 
2014-03-06 09:27:56 AM  

ThunderPelvis: Every child in America should get a full, nutritious school lunch, no strings attached.  It takes a pretty massive piece of sh*t to think otherwise, or to think that it's fair to segregate students' nutrition based on their parents' perceived or actual failings.  But...welcome to Fark.  I'm sure that at least one or two massive pieces of sh*t will be offended by my accurate characterization.

No child in the richest nation in the world should EVER go hungry, but the party of Jesus has decided that we just can't afford it, especially when there are tanks and fighter jets to build and rich people's taxes to cut.  Hallelujah.


I thoroughly agree.  Lets just take the money from the teachers unions.
 
2014-03-06 09:28:37 AM  

dittybopper: xanadian: Wait.  Kids have to PAY for their school lunches!??  When I was a kid, it was only the breakfasts they served before opening bell that kids had to pay for (and it was optional, of course).  Lunches were free.  WHAT KIND OF A MAD, TWISTED WORLD ARE WE LIVING IN, NOW!??

No, they weren't free.  TANSTAAFL.  *SOMEBODY* was paying for them.

Also, we had to pay for our lunches when I was a kid, even back in the early 1970's.


Or bring our own, if we didn't like what was scheduled that day, and mom was feeling indulgent enough to pack us a lunch.
 
2014-03-06 09:29:49 AM  
It would've been better if he raised all that money to buy up all of the sandwiches & then throw them away, like the adults do.
 
2014-03-06 09:31:28 AM  
Noble cause and everything but not really necessary as the school will provide a lunch regardless.
Also, my school didn't have any sort of cafeteria. You brought your own lunch and it was always a cold sandwich, snack and drink.
 
2014-03-06 09:32:09 AM  

Tricky Chicken: I thoroughly agree. Lets just take the money from the teachers unions.


I also hate groups that advocate for middle class people to get better wages and benefits,  let's hang out.
 
2014-03-06 09:32:25 AM  

ThunderPelvis: Every child in America should get a full, nutritious school lunch, no strings attached.  It takes a pretty massive piece of sh*t to think otherwise, or to think that it's fair to segregate students' nutrition based on their parents' perceived or actual failings.  But...welcome to Fark.  I'm sure that at least one or two massive pieces of sh*t will be offended by my accurate characterization.

No child in the richest nation in the world should EVER go hungry, but the party of Jesus has decided that we just can't afford it, especially when there are tanks and fighter jets to build and rich people's taxes to cut.  Hallelujah.


I dont know  Qatar, Luxenborg, or Norway if kids are going  hungry.  But no child in this school was going hungry.  Who's said there was nutrional segregation? Who's to say the sandwhich and fruit is any less nutritious than the other meals?
 
2014-03-06 09:34:18 AM  

xanadian: Wait.  Kids have to PAY for their school lunches!??  When I was a kid, it was only the breakfasts they served before opening bell that kids had to pay for (and it was optional, of course).  Lunches were free.  WHAT KIND OF A MAD, TWISTED WORLD ARE WE LIVING IN, NOW!??


When did schools start serving breakfast? I never got breakfast at school. Yes, I'm old.
 
2014-03-06 09:34:28 AM  
Back in my day*, if you didn't incite small children to beg for money on your behalf, you didn't eat!

*This has continued up to the present day for me
 
2014-03-06 09:36:33 AM  

Headso: Tricky Chicken: I thoroughly agree. Lets just take the money from the teachers unions.

I also hate groups that advocate for middle class people to get better wages and benefits,  let's hang out.


Well, the money for the advocated free lunches has to come from somewhere in the education budget. What do you suggest cutting to pay for it? I think it is funny that they are advocating free lunches for the children of millionaires.
 
2014-03-06 09:38:49 AM  
Personally, I think the whole free/reduced lunch system is broken. We attempted to make it fair and make sure that every kid gets at least one good meal per day by making the meals free or reduced for lower income families, but we still end up with parents who don't pay their bills and kids who get left out. A few storied like this actually make the news, but it's happening millions of times each day all across the country. Just make the program free and feed the damn kids. If we can afford to spend billions of dollars on welfare for the richest corporations the world has ever seen, we can afford a few sloppy joes for schoolkids.
 
2014-03-06 09:39:05 AM  

TNel: Pick: Why aren't the parents feeding their own kids? The most basic need of all, food is being neglected by these totally irresponsible parents. I'll be they all have DirecTV and an iPhone, though.

And a refrigerator!


TNel, assuming you're being sarcastic...  this is the fundamental problem with all of these welfare programs.  There are lots of kids whose parents simply choose to spend their money on other non-essential stuff, then cry that they can't afford the essentials for their children.  So we pay for the kids, and resent the whole system.  But at the heart of it, it's a good idea.  Because there are really kids who can't afford meals.  And, frankly, if you can look at a hungry kid and not want to feed him, well, you're a better man than me.

/ Believe in financial responsibility
// Can't bear to watch a kid suffer
 
2014-03-06 09:40:27 AM  
Why when I was a boy I had to carry biscuits under my arms to keep them warm as I walked 5 miles to school in the snow. Up hill, both ways.
 
2014-03-06 09:41:00 AM  

ThunderPelvis: No child in the richest nation in the world should EVER go hungry


And mostly, they don't.  In fact, the more poor a child happens to be in America, the more likely they are to be obese:

diabetes.diabetesjournals.org

http://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/60/11/2667.full

What we have in America isn't a significant number of kids not getting enough caloric intake.  The poor kids clearly get enough food.

The malnutrition death rate in the United States is extremely low, about the same as other developed Western nations like The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, and Belgium, and it's roughly half that of France and Israel:
http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/cause-of-death/malnutrition/by-co un try/

What we have in the United States is kids that aren't getting enough of the *RIGHT* kinds of foods, and enough exercise to offset the effects of the wrong kinds.   Very few kids in the US go to bed hungry on a regular basis.  It does happen, of course (something you'll *NEVER* completely get rid of), but it's just not what I would think of as a pressing problem.  In fact, we have the opposite:  The poor kids are taking in too many calories and not burning them off.
 
2014-03-06 09:44:11 AM  

Danger Mouse: ThunderPelvis: Every child in America should get a full, nutritious school lunch, no strings attached.  It takes a pretty massive piece of sh*t to think otherwise, or to think that it's fair to segregate students' nutrition based on their parents' perceived or actual failings.  But...welcome to Fark.  I'm sure that at least one or two massive pieces of sh*t will be offended by my accurate characterization.

No child in the richest nation in the world should EVER go hungry, but the party of Jesus has decided that we just can't afford it, especially when there are tanks and fighter jets to build and rich people's taxes to cut.  Hallelujah.

I dont know  Qatar, Luxenborg, or Norway if kids are going  hungry.  But no child in this school was going hungry.  Who's said there was nutrional segregation? Who's to say the sandwhich and fruit is any less nutritious than the other meals?


I'd tell you you're a massive piece of sh*t, but he's already taken care of that preemptively. When I was a kid, I took a bag lunch to school. It was usually a sandwich, piece of fruit, chips, and a juice box. Apparently my mom was mistreating me and not supplying my nutritional needs. And anyone who disagrees with my spectacular assessment is a bedwetter.
 
2014-03-06 09:46:07 AM  

James!: Why when I was a boy I had to carry biscuits under my arms to keep them warm as I walked 5 miles to school in the snow. Up hill, both ways.


You had arms?!?!?!  We were so poor we had to share a 2nd hand prostheticbetween 4 kids!
 
2014-03-06 09:48:33 AM  

ThunderPelvis: Every child in America should get a full, nutritious school lunch, no strings attached.  It takes a pretty massive piece of sh*t to think otherwise, or to think that it's fair to segregate students' nutrition based on their parents' perceived or actual failings.  But...welcome to Fark.  I'm sure that at least one or two massive pieces of sh*t will be offended by my accurate characterization.

No child in the richest nation in the world should EVER go hungry, but the party of Jesus has decided that we just can't afford it, especially when there are tanks and fighter jets to build and rich people's taxes to cut.  Hallelujah.


Also mr Hypocrite, is being the child of a rich person a 'string attached'?
 
2014-03-06 09:48:50 AM  

Splish: Danger Mouse: ThunderPelvis: Every child in America should get a full, nutritious school lunch, no strings attached.  It takes a pretty massive piece of sh*t to think otherwise, or to think that it's fair to segregate students' nutrition based on their parents' perceived or actual failings.  But...welcome to Fark.  I'm sure that at least one or two massive pieces of sh*t will be offended by my accurate characterization.

No child in the richest nation in the world should EVER go hungry, but the party of Jesus has decided that we just can't afford it, especially when there are tanks and fighter jets to build and rich people's taxes to cut.  Hallelujah.

I dont know  Qatar, Luxenborg, or Norway if kids are going  hungry.  But no child in this school was going hungry.  Who's said there was nutrional segregation? Who's to say the sandwhich and fruit is any less nutritious than the other meals?

I'd tell you you're a massive piece of sh*t, but he's already taken care of that preemptively. When I was a kid, I took a bag lunch to school. It was usually a sandwich, piece of fruit, chips, and a juice box. Apparently my mom was mistreating me and not supplying my nutritional needs. And anyone who disagrees with my spectacular assessment is a bedwetter.


?
 
2014-03-06 09:48:54 AM  
When has school lunch ever been free for all?

In the 60s in elementary school it was $1.00 per month for hot lunch.

Kids that didn't pay either brought their own or ate nothing.

In the late 60s to early 70s the free or reduced price lunch was started but only for very low income families.

In high school in the 70s lunch was $1.50 per week and breakfast was free for all.

And the food was just as bad then as it is now in schools.
 
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