Don't gripe about free lunch

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Patsy Braswell, author of the Jan. 20 letter to the editor “School skimps on lunch,” ought to reconsider her feelings on her niece’s so-called “humiliating” lunch.

The school system gives a child free food, and she complains? What a lesson of ingratitude she is teaching to her. While the school certainly should have allowed her niece to call home for her lunch, it is unreasonable to expect the school system to be responsible for feeding the child a “substantial” lunch without due payment.

The bread, cheese and fruit would have afforded her child enough starch, protein and fiber for the rest of the day. The only way that forgetting a lunch could affect her growth is if this occurred on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, far too many children charge lunch and do not repay the cafeteria until the end of the year, if at all. That is why most schools no longer allow students to charge.

Saying that her child was “humiliated” by having food to eat at lunch is ridiculous. The lunchroom gave her food when it was not its duty to do so.

Also, the children who receive free lunches sign up for the program at the beginning of the year based on financial need.

I fully understand the aunt’s concern for her niece’s nutrition. However, instead of criticizing the school for not performing up to her entitled standards, perhaps this could be an opportunity to teach her niece some responsibility.

Marianna Hagler

Augusta

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corgimom
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corgimom 02/01/12 - 09:26 am
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I was one of 5 kids and money

I was one of 5 kids and money was scarce. I often got a cheese sandwich and some fruit for lunch. That was a common lunch back in the 1960's. I didn't feel deprived; we just ate it and went on our way.

I cannot fathom any rational adult that would spend one minute of their life, let alone write a LTE, because a child ate a cheese sandwich and a piece of fruit.

What's wrong with a cheese sandwich and a piece of fruit? Maybe next time, that kid will remember to bring her lunch. As in, let children feel the consequences of their actions.

faithson
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faithson 02/01/12 - 09:38 am
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ditto corgi...

ditto corgi...

charlesaiken
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charlesaiken 02/01/12 - 09:42 am
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When I was in school if you

When I was in school if you didn't pay you didn't eat. We had no money so I did without until I got home. We are raising a bunch cry babies now.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 02/01/12 - 11:59 am
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Amen to the letter writer and

Amen to the letter writer and the 3 comments above!

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 02/01/12 - 12:07 pm
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"" it is unreasonable to

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"" it is unreasonable to expect the school system to be responsible for feeding the child a “substantial” lunch without due payment."".........
Really? I mean really???
Is that not what they do for most of the "poor" on a daily basis?

allhans
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allhans 02/01/12 - 01:16 pm
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When I saw the rant, I was

When I saw the rant, I was surprised. It seemed to be a good, healthy lunch - sort of like those most working folks have on lunch break (they have to pay for theirs).

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mlch 02/01/12 - 02:00 pm
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wow. i just ate 3 york

wow. i just ate 3 york patties for lunch. who is responsible? good letter, missy. you do a mama proud. Mother.

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scoobynews 02/01/12 - 07:22 pm
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I didn't see this previous

I didn't see this previous LTE from Ms. Braswell but if she thinks that is bad (which it was not) she should come take a look at all the "free and reduced" lunches that get tossed almost completely untouched in the trash cans on a daily basis.

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