From myfoxdc: Getting kids to eat three healthy meals a day can be a challenge, especially if money is tight. But D.C. Public Schools have found a way to take some of that burden off parents. They are now serving dinner at school.
On the menu are things like salmon salad, a whole grain roll, orange juice, one percent milk and a corn and pepper relish...
D.C. joins 13 states which serve three meals a day at school – and to the tune of $5.7 million. Officials here have embraced the program because they realize healthy, well-fed kids learn better.
“We're reaching 10,000 kids a day at 99 of our 120 schools," said Anthony Tata, Chief Operating Officer of D.C. Public Schools.
That's about 25 percent of the student population. And another big benefit of the after school dinners are that more kids are enrolling in after school programs where they can get some academic help as well.
So the dinners are really serving three purposes - fighting hunger, obesity and offering help with classwork too.
And the best news of all is this is a federally-funded program.
“We're reimbursed on a per meal basis," Tata said. "We can already see the good it's doing for our kids." http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/dc/dc-students-receive-dinner-at-school-101910
I'm sorry, but does the D.C. school district hold the family of the children accountable for anything? Breakfast, lunch and dinner? Yes, times are tough, though D.C. it is not as tough as living in Las Vegas. Besides food stamps and other food programs, families can go to food banks or other charities to get food. Washington D.C. isn't Haiti.
And if the kids are getting dinner at school, that means they are spending more than 8 hours a day at school, meaning the school is also the baby sitter.
But the dumbest comment in the article is the guy who said it's good it's federally funded. That means, those of us in Nevada are paying for deadbeats in Washington D.C. who won't feed their kids one meal in a day.
Thanks Harry, Dina and Shelly.
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