A memo sent out to parents in the Willingboro, New Jersey school district recently informed them that if they are unable to pay for their children’s lunches, the food “cannot be re-served and must be discarded.”
This memo, penned by Kelvin L. Smith, CPA, MBA, who is not an educator but sits on the School Board nonetheless, says that if a child’s food card has a balance of $5 or less, “the student will not be provided a Humanitarian meal.”
The memo, sent from the “Country Club Building” where the school board conducts its daily affairs, begins, “Please be advised that effective September 5, 2013 there will be a new procedure in place regarding lunch services to students who are unable to pay the required funds.
This seems to be the work of Governor Chris Christie and his staff, who enacted a budget cut in 2011 which takes $5.1 billion in funds from the New Jersey school system over the next fiveyears. Gutting the free lunch program was just one of the “accomplishments” of Christie. He also took money from after school programs for poor children and special programs for handicapped children.
In fact, the cuts to programs for the poor were so destructive to education and so specifically targeted that the New Jersey State Supreme Court stepped in, saying that some of the money had to be re-directed back into “poor school districts.”
The choice to starve kids was easy for Christie, who then turned that cut to the Free Lunch program into a chance to win favor with big business, by cutting their share of tax payments by $1.6 billion.
Serving the rich by starving the poor. What a class act you are, Governor Christie.
You can read more about recent efforts by educators to stop all those pesky little poor kids from studying on a full belly in Utah here.