Free school meals - For or against? 48 replies

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#1 12 years ago

I think we can agree that a school meal must taste good, be nourishing and healthy for pupils to eat. I ate school meal almost every day when I was at school and in most cases, it was good and gave valuable energy for afternoon classes. Free school meal (paid by tax payers) in elementary/primary & high schools helps to tackle the poverty and improves children's health, not to mention attendance and classroom behaviour.

On the other hand, free school meals for all may be relatively expensive for the society and not all children eat it nonetheless. What is your stance in this case?




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#2 12 years ago

I think free school meals should only be avaliable to those who cannot pay. There is a system in my town where children only qualify for a free school meal if there parents are recieving: Income Support (IS) Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (IB JSA) Child Tax Credit (CTC). I dont think its very fair that the school must pay for a free meal to you if your parents can pay. It should only be provided to those who cannot to ensure the health of the child and to gurantee they are recieving one healthy meal a day regardless to there background.




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#3 12 years ago

Personally I don’t think children should have to worry about that business to get a lunch. The schools should setup debit accounts for the students and let them use their ID number so they can get lunch. At the beginning of every school year the government can check the tax returns of the parents and make a decision whether or not that student is supplemented. If the student’s parents can afford it then they would be sent a bill at the beginning of the school year just like taxes. At least that’s how I think it should be done. That keeps the kid from going without lunch if he forgets his lunch money at home.




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#4 12 years ago

I agree with Riot on this one. My parents paid for our meals at school from grades 1 thru 12, but there were some kids who's parents couldn't afford it...those should be eligable for free school meals. :nodding: Hard to study on an empty stomach...:(




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#5 12 years ago

I mostly brown bag it. Most kids buy lunch in our school. There are some poor kids that get free lunches. They get like a little card. It is the same card that your parents can buy so you don't have to bring money to school. I think free lunches should be given to those that can't afford it like it is now. I don't think everyone should get a free lunch. There is really no such thing as a free lunch anyways. Someone has to pay for it...our taxes...etc.




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#6 12 years ago

free school meals are currently availible to all those in a low income group in the uk, not sure about the us, its a great for them but the system can be abused.




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#7 12 years ago

We have something called the (translated) "Breakfast Club". Kids who haven't had breakfast (too poor) could have one furnished by the group. Quite a growing movement around here. So yea, if you can't afford it, you should have it.




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#8 12 years ago

I say it should be at least be provided to the kids whose families who cant pay for it.

The town I lived in started serving lunches in the gyms when I was in Elementary school. We ahd to pay for it but it was a small amount. The "rich" kids bought lunch while the poor kids brown bagged it and were made of by the rich kids for being poor. I was a brown bagger but eventually moved into the Rich kid bracket.

I went to 4 dufferent High Schools. Some you poaid for, some were federally subsidized so you only paid a small amount, some were fully paid for. Any premium items like a piece of pie or for instance extra piece of pizza on pizza day we had to pay for. One carton of milk or juice drink were free but you could pay extra for a soda or extra cartons.




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#9 12 years ago

Anlushac11;3301631I say it should be at least be provided to the kids whose families who cant pay for it.

The town I lived in started serving lunches in the gyms when I was in Elementary school. We ahd to pay for it but it was a small amount. The "rich" kids bought lunch while the poor kids brown bagged it and were made of by the rich kids for being poor. I was a brown bagger but eventually moved into the Rich kid bracket.

I went to 4 dufferent High Schools. Some you poaid for, some were federally subsidized so you only paid a small amount, some were fully paid for. Any premium items like a piece of pie or for instance extra piece of pizza on pizza day we had to pay for. One carton of milk or juice drink were free but you could pay extra for a soda or extra cartons.

Ah but you see thats where it becomes wrong. They shouldn't be visibly distinguished as 'poor' children as that will obviously lead to things such as bullying etc At my school, the children that get free school meals recieve the same menu as the ones who pay for them. There is no queue for the poor people nor the rich. Everyone have equal options which is the way i think it should be.




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#10 12 years ago
Dr.Riot;3301645They shouldn't be visibly distinguished as 'poor' children as that will obviously lead to things such as bullying etc At my school, the children that get free school meals recieve the same menu as the ones who pay for them. There is no queue for the poor people nor the rich. Everyone have equal options which is the way i think it should be.

Agreed. I think the school meal should be free for all, that way it would be equal for all pupils and their parents, not looking how big is their paycheck. It promotes healthy eating habits & well-being in general and if it would cost for some groups of pupils, it would discourage these to actually eat the school meal and the parents from paying it, leading to a situation where pupils would not eat at all or go to some junk food restaurant like McDonald's.

Speaking about McDonald's: should there be pies, candy, limonade etc. available for sale in school lunching rooms/halls? Is it okay for children to eat candies etc. at school?