Push for Nevada School Lunch Program

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Updated: 3/17 5:48 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Officials are trying to ramp up a federally funded program that provides lunch to Nevada students when school isn't in session. Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture say they've identified Nevada as one of 12 states with low participation in the summer school lunch program, and are working with state and local officials to launch more feeding sites at churches, clubs and community organizations.

USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon says about 160,000 schoolchildren in Nevada are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch because of low family income, but only about 10,000 have access to the lunch program during the summer. He says many are at risk of going hungry during those months. Koncannon says groups interested in providing a summer meal site should contact the state department of education.

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BR549 - 3/19/2014 1:42 PM
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The government was never intended to be a charity organization!If you can make children,then YOU should be the one to feed them!My grandparents fed and raised nine kids during the depression by picking fruit and chopping cotton.No free lunch for them,nor did they want one.All nine grew up to be good,productive people with out a government hand out!

BR549 - 3/18/2014 6:26 PM
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tonysam,you are way out of line!I do not want the government raising my kids,that's my job.You should move to a communist country,as for me I want my kids to grow up independent and self-sufficient,not waiting for a hand out from the government!My kids will grow up to be producers and yours will be takers.

ctherst33 - 3/17/2014 4:06 PM
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Dennis3092 - 3/17/2014 9:00 AM
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It should be the parent's responsibility to feed their children. It should be very difficult to get free or reduced lunches/breakfasts. Check and see how much of this free food ends up in the garbage. Check and see how many children on the free/reduced lunches have cell phones.(priorities!) People need to stop relying on the taxpayers to to pick up their slack. Take some responsibilty tonysam.

tonysam - 3/16/2014 9:26 PM
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Time Out, you are one cruel idiot. Do you really think the poor don't pay taxes in this country? You are just human filth, utterly despicable. But for the grace of God go you, and all it takes is a health crisis or a layoff to wind up poor. You'd let kids starve because the parents are poor. Get the hell out of this country if you don't like it. Go to Somalia or some other libertarian paradise for a sociopath like you.

Time Out - 3/16/2014 1:09 PM
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There should be no school lunch, or any meal, program that is not fully paid for by the parents of those utilizing it. Feeding children is the responsibility of parents. It is not a proper function of our government and is certainly not the respopnsibility of taxpayers.
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