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Lodi Unified School District serves thousands more free summer meals

Report: In contrast, fewer students are receiving free summer lunches statewide

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Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:35 am, Thu Aug 2, 2012.

The number of Lodi Unified School District students who received free breakfast and lunch through a federally funded summer meal program quadrupled from last year with the addition of a new site, bucking a statewide trend that fewer students participated this year.

Statewide participation in July 2011 — an average of nearly 387,000 children per day — was 6 percent lower than it was a year earlier and nearly 30 percent lower than it was in July 2008, the California Food Policy Advocates report found. Yet the number of low-income children served by the National School Lunch Program during the academic year has grown in recent years.

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  • Kim Parigoris posted at 9:57 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    This is teaching a dependency on the government, now for even things as basic as food. Have you seen the ads from the USDA promoting Food Stamps? I thought I was seeing a spoof or something from Onion News.."Food Stamps Make America Strong" When I was a kid you could not get public assistance if even one person in the household was working, and it was a stigma to be on welfare. I know of people who have their kids on Healthy Families and the father made over 70,000 one year! And another poor, honest felow who made 14.00 per hour and paid for his children's health ibnsurance because it was the RIGHT THING TO DO. Now? Iphones, tattoos, and welfare. It is all part of the plan of undermining our society. No on 30,31, 38 and 39. High Speed Rail, tuition for illegals, and a Peripheral Canal and they want to raise my taxes?

  • Raymond Crow posted at 8:43 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    Raymond Crow Posts: 7

    Marc you are correct. Maybe if these parents purchased food instead of drugs, booze and getting their nails done the kids would have the proper food to eat. This also teaches our next generation of adults to take no responsibility, because the government will take care of them. I for one am sick of this mentality. I will be voting against any tax increase, no matter what the impact to schools, public safety or anything. We all need to take responsibiltiy for our actions, and that includes local, state and federal governments.

  • Marc Yates posted at 7:39 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    MWYates Posts: 22

    I hate to burst this young, naive reporter's bubble, but nothing is FREE.

  • Jose Sanborn posted at 5:05 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    Jose Sanborn Posts: 37

    Why aren't the parents feeding their children during the summer?



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