WASHINGTON, D.C. – The federal government is looking to offer another freebie and remove even more responsibility from parents with a proposed rule to make school lunches free, regardless of need.
The proposed rule is the latest development in First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch overhaul, which imposed one-size-fits-all “healthy” regulations on school districts across America beginning in 2010.
Published Monday, a proposed rule found on page 65,890 of the Federal Register reads, “This rule proposes to amend the eligibility regulations for free and reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to codify the statutory provision that establishes the community eligibility provision, a reimbursement option for eligible local educational agencies and schools that wish to offer free school meals to all children in high poverty schools without collecting household applications.”
According to the proposed rule, any district with 40 percent (or more) of a school’s population qualifying in the previous year for free or reduced lunch, the whole school district will qualify for free school meals!
The effect of this rule change will be a generation of students who are unaccustomed to purchasing a lunch or feeling the need to bring one from home.
When the feds were piloting the program in Boston, Dallas and several other cities, the educrats raved.
“It’s a wonderful benefit,” Dora Rivas, Dallas executive director of food and nutritional services, told the Dallas News. “It’s about paperwork and efficiencies, but I think the biggest winners in this are going to be the students.”
Not to mention the deadbeat parents who are now allowed to do one less thing for their children.
Mother Government is here to help!
Worse, this is teaching students at a very young age that Mom and Dad do not provide breakfast or lunch. “The state provides that,” as Glenn Beck explained.
“By the time you get out of school, you’ll be like, ‘Why am I paying for breakfast? I’ve never paid for breakfast a day in my life! Why am I paying for it?’’’ Beck said.
Meanwhile, in Boston, the Globe reports the move was to eliminate “the need to fill out paperwork, including potentially invasive questions about income.”
“Every child has a right to healthy, nutritious meals in school, and when we saw a chance to offer these healthy meals at no cost to them, we jumped at the chance,” Mayor Thomas Menino was quoted as saying.
The newspaper pointed out some kids got free food while “affluent students often went without.”
But the fed’s proposed rule may come with some cost. Incredibly, Dallas district officials estimate 40 jobs will be eliminated when processing applications is no longer required. Rivas estimates the district may actually come out ahead financially.
But what are we teaching our children when their parents aren’t responsible for their upbringing?
What is the cost of that?