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Food for thought

Tribune-Review
| Wednesday, November 26, 2014 9:00 p.m

Almost every day, we get a new opportunity to be disgusted and saddened by the actions of our federal government. But the school lunch program that has been shoved down our throats has to be one of the worst.

Consider just this one aspect of it:

In the past, the parents of children who qualified for free or reduced lunches could take heart in the fact that their kids got at least one filling meal a day even if food wasn’t plentiful at home. Under the new plan, designed to fight obesity, that one meal could consists of small quantities of food that most kids don’t even want to eat unless they are starving.

Have you tried whole wheat pizza crust or meat dishes made of ground-up soy-fortified meat products? That’s the only way to accurately measure the exact number of grams of fat or carbs or sodium or calories in every meal, all computer calculated right down to the last bite.

To add insult to injury, because of the lack of good paying jobs with family-sustaining wages, there are more children on the free and reduced lunch programs than ever before. And these are the kids who don’t have money to buy some extra food at school. To be sure, they are going home hungry.

Your school might tell you this new plan is all for the good of your children. Or they might just be honest and tell you that, if schools don’t abide by these new food-police rules, they won’t get their government subsidy via the National School Food Lunch Program.

If you care about losing more of your freedoms every day, consider taking a stand on this one that is in your own backyard.

Kathryn Starr

Leechburg

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