Chicago Public School students won’t be going hungry this Fall. At the beginning of the school year, they will be able to get breakfast and lunch at the school for free, a move that joins the CPS with Indiana School Districts, who made the decision last May. The decision is one small step towards combating child hunger, which is so common that 3/4ths of all teachers in the country have hungry students.
According to CPS officials, the high number of students living at poverty level in the district meant that the CPS met the threshold for full reimbursement by the United States Department of Agriculture. In the past school year, lunch at a typical elementary school for students who didn’t qualify for the assistance program cost an average of $2.45.
The high school costs slightly more.
The district is expected to serve 72 million meals to students in the upcoming year, which is two million more than the previous year.
Leslie Fowler, the executive director of CPS’ nutritional support services, said of the program: “If a student eats that day, the district gets reimbursed. But if they don’t eat, then CPS doesn’t get reimbursed and there’s no cost associated with that meal. We can’t predict what they do or don’t do, but we hope we can encourage them to participate.”
In the past, the school district’s free and reduced lunch program for poverty-level students was fraught with fraud; several CPS school officials, including principals and assistant principals, were accused of providing false income information on applications for the free lunch program by the district’s Inspector General.
Fowler assured that by making lunch free, the fraudulent applications would be put to an end on Thursday, stating: “Absolutely, because we’re not relying on those documents anymore.”
Meanwhile, the Right-Wing is going absolutely nuts in the comment threat, outraged and appalled at the fact that poor children would be . . . gasp . . . eating:
The envy and resentment against the poor is simply astonishing. You’d almost they that they would want to be poor, just so they could have only two meals assured on school days.
source: Chicago Tribune