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D.C. public schools have started serving an early dinner to an estimated 10,000 students, many of whom are now receiving three meals a day from the system as it expands efforts to curb childhood hunger and poor nutrition.My 14 year-old laughed out loud at the illogic of the first two goals:
Officials describe the dinner initiative as having three goals: hedging against childhood hunger, reducing alarming rates of obesity and drawing more students to after-school programs, where extra academic help is available. It is also part of a broader effort, mandated by recent D.C. Council legislation, to upgrade the quality and nutritional value of school food with fresh, locally grown ingredients.Can't they just get the heavy kids to give half their food to the starving kids?
Seriously, the real problem is parents who aren't emotionally, mentally, or physically present for their kids. If a child can't eat a single meal at home, what kind of home life does he have? These kids are still there, hours after the school day is over, because their parents have them in the after-care program until 6:30 pm. Of course the kids are hungry; they haven't eaten since lunch.
I guess it would be too much to expect parents to send something for their kids to eat after school?
Why don't schools provide beds for the kids, too? Then they'll never have to go home and the government can "take care" of them 24 hours a day.
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