In Jackson this summer, there is such a thing as a free lunch.

You just have to be 18 years old or younger to get it.

Jackson Public Schools is again offering its summer nutrition program, which provides free breakfast and lunch to all children at several locations throughout the city. Children do not have to live in Jackson or attend JPS to participate.

“It’s open to all,” said Brandt Russell, JPS food service director. “We just hope families will take advantage of this program. It will help stretch food dollars and there are a bunch of sites, so it’s convenient, too.”

A quick lunch Monday at the Frost Elementary School site was a good stop for Lisa Warner and her 5-year-old daughter Annabelle, who were out running errands.

“Annabelle said she was hungry, and I said I know just where we can go,” Warner said. “They give the kids a good selection of food, and it’s a good cost-saving for us. Every little bit helps.”

The program does not cost the district money. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is providing about $190,000 for it this year.

Last year, Russell estimated 1,389 breakfasts and lunches were served daily. This year, he hopes to serve 2,000 meals a day.

{snip}

About 72 percent of JPS students receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year, Russell said. The summer program is especially important to them, he said.

“They rely on breakfast and lunch every day at school and then summer comes,” Russell said. “This is a way to make sure those meals continue.”

{snip}

 

Topics:

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • People shot during D.C.’s similar program:

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/children-shot-while-leaving-summer-lunch-program/article/2500598

    St. Louis has this program, too.

    Yet, many of these kids’ parents get food stamps.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Exactly. The people scarfing this grub down their faces already have EBT/food cards and are not exactly anorexic.

      This is how gov’t endlessly grows: First it is decreed that the “youfs” need a “free” school lunch. Years later, they’re given “free” breakfasts.

      Now the “free” breakfasts are provided during summer vacation- and you don’t even have to be a student or city resident to waltz into the school and chow down.

      •  An AR poster named Margaret or Jill posted what she read about the KIPP charter school program.  Part of it is that 17 of the 21 meals that a KIPP student is expected to eat during a week is provided by the school.  The only meals that aren’t are Saturday supper and all three on Sunday.

        • Spartan24708

          They have started that ridiculousness here in Utah. One of the schools in our district has an extended day program that a parent at my church was raving about. Her first grade daughter was at school from 8AM until 6PM and was fed breakfast, lunch and dinner. I wanted to tell her that they should just unroll cots or bedrolls in the gym, that way the parents could drop their kids off on Monday morning and not have to worry about them until Friday evening. Her daughter was exhausted looking during mid week services and it was obvious that the whole idea was to keep kids away from parents as much as possible.

          • Oil Can Harry

            A 10 hour school day? Sheer torture.

            My child’s school has an after-school program but it’s for working parents who can’t pick up their kid immediately at day’s end.

            That’s different than keeping all the kids until 6 pm.

          • Spartan24708

            I agree with that- after school programs keep kids out of trouble and off the streets. I went to an experimental “magnet” school for 5th grade and the extended day (we were there until 4:30) was exhausting and I still had homework to do.

  • Kev

     Who’d a thunk it?

     Given enough bread, folk’ll supply their own circus!

  • “The program does not cost the district money. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is providing about $190,000 for it this year.”

    It’s this kind of stuff that drives me insane.  It may not cost YOU money but it costs the rest of us money.  Are these people really that stupid as to not understand how the Government aka U.S. Department of Agriculture, gets its money?  Jesus!

    Non-whites really can’t blame me for not liking them.  There are no “Free Lunches” for kids in White Neighborhoods and non-whites are never held to account for having kids they can’t afford and they have Privilege everywhere you turn yet they’re always “poor” and “oppressed” and…  No, I do not like non-whites.

    • The__Bobster

      In Philly, they are running radio commercials trying to get the fine young savages to go to skoo during the summer to get the free food.

      • There were also radio/t.v. ads to sign up for “free” healthcare.  You know it as S-Chip.

        • IstvanIN

          NJ advertises for S-CHIP (NJFamilyCare, affordable health coverage, quality care), and SNAP (Sometimes people feel they shouldn’t need help putting food on the table, but sometimes making ends meet is a struggle. If you are not sure how or if you can pay for your next meal or next week’s groceries, NJ SNAP can help) on the side of buses, in railroad stations and on the radio.  Big business.

          • Sadly, even when the money (welfare) is “officially” (no more borrowing ability) gone, they’ll still be pumping out kids at the same rate they are now.  They really don’t care if they’re children starve to death.

          • Rocky Bass,

             They (Africans), employ a completely different survival strategy, one of flooding the field with progeny, in hopes a few survive. This is fine in Africa, un-molested that is. In modern countries with welfare systems it’s disastrous!

          • Rocky,

            Ha!  That makes perfect sense.  I always did think of Africans like animals.  They’re not even smart enough to
            move out of the desert and go to where the resources (water, good soil, etc.) are and they certainly have never built anything close to a Civilized Society.

  • Critic_of_Leviathan

    70% of this food probably ends up on the floor, in the trash, or thrown at other people.

    I wouldn’t want to be on the clean-up crew after the youfs are done “eating.”

    • Rocky Bass,

      Worse than that, I worked as an electrician many moons ago, and had to change some light fixtures at “Cullen” Elementary School in Houston. The halls reeked of urine and behind many of the doors were feces.A Polish guy, a one Mr. Steven Baronowski (sure I have the name spelled wrong, huge fat guy, funny as hell) and I were just coming out of a room, when Steve taps my shoulder and points, sure enough this little black kid was squatting behind an open door taking a dump! Steve grabbed me before I could rub it’s nose in it and throw it outside. Jesus you just have no idea how far from civilized African peoples are.

      • Our county school system has a special repair squad of maintenance men for the purpose of rebuilding schools damaged/vandalized the day before. This crew has gotten so many jobs that they are always behind. They even had to purchase several special supply trucks to keep them going during the day. This crew tells me that the black schools are especially damaged on a regular basis. Even elementary schools have hundreds to thousands of dollars of damage.

        • Rocky Bass,

           That sounds like par for the course. Thankfully, nowadays, I have NO reason to go near black schools, nor would I ever want one.

  • IstvanIN

     We should be paying for public education because it is a common good, a part of the social contract, something that benefits all of society, including those without children.  That is no longer the case.  I would rather pay for something else to keep the little monsters at bay.

    • Rocky Bass,

       Perhaps, boat rides back to the lands of milk and honey, our ancestors supposedly deprived theirs of?

      • “milk and honey”.  How Poetic.  Truly Poetic.  Well Done Sir.

        White People work the Fields and by the time they’re done, they’re Honey.

        I mean this in the fashion of:  White People growing food (honey) to give to others and turning Honey Colored (tan) while they do it.

  • Rocky Bass,

     Oh like feeding them prevents that?!!?!?

  • “The program does not cost the district money. Funding comes from the hardworking white taxpayer, which is providing about $190,000 for it this year.”
    Fixed a spelling error there.

  • This is madness! Whatever happened to packing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, an apple and a bag of chips in a brown bag! Who in the hell has kids they cannot even feed! What’s the use? It is only a matter of time. I see no other way out ,notwithstanding a dramatic swing in the direction this country is going. Unfortunately, I do not see it happening.

    • “are we on the brink?”

      I sure hope so Friend, I sure hope so.  We’re damn near Sixteen Trillion Dollars in Debt and beholden to China and the Middle East.  This is not good.  And let’s not forget the latest news, “We” are now the Minority in our very own Country of Birth.

  • Those little dar’lins need to keep up their strength. They have a long day of knockout kings, polar bear hunting and apple picking ahead of them. 

  •  “Last year, Russell estimated 1,389 breakfasts and lunches were served daily. This year, he hopes to serve 2,000 meals a day.”

    why does this remind me of a Bizzarro cartoon?

  • Diamond_Lil

    They serve free breakfast and lunch and now even dinner in LA for the credit recovery students.  But my white children are ineligible.  My wages can be verified.

  • Southern__Hoosier

    If you don’t have a photo ID to vote, you probably won’t need an ID to eat.  And if you ask a black person their age, that’s racist. They will probably be serving 10 times the number of meals that they have students.  Hey, who says there is no such thing as a free lunch? More manna from the white taxpayers.

    I notice all the white kids in the picture. What did they do, make them all sit together for a photo op?

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      This is an incredibly deceptive tactic (showing White kids receiving government benefits).

      I have no idea where they find these Whites kids, from what I’ve seen, there are few to none left anywhere in the state!!Whenever the schools need more $$ in California — photos of White kids are plastered all over the media.  

      The LAUSD is ≈ 7% White (I’ve heard a more likely figure is 4%) but whenever cries and please go out to pass bonds, it is ALWAYS White kids that are shown (the media are not dumb).  They know if they show the reality in California – schools that are overwhelmingly filled with Mexicans, Whites, who are the ones that pay taxes here, would vote down the bond or parcel tax, etc.In the LAUSD, the cafeterias are open in the summer, including some for dinner — no questions asked — students, parent, grand-parent — according to the banners I’m seeing around, anyone  (except for WHITES) can come on in and eat.

      Bon

  • JackKrak

    Now the kids’ parents can save their money so they can get dey nails done……

  • Every summer here in Buffalo, busses and rail stations are covered in Spanish language ads for free lunches.

    • Up to my neck in CA

      They get all the free-bees here in Northern CA. too. The free breakfast is too much! Little Paco is constantly smuggling food out to his mommas mini-van where his 4 siblings are waiting for their free breakfast on the tax payers. My co-worker told me that the lunch lady told her son that he was one of FIVE kids at the school who actually paid for his lunch! if you can’t feed them don’t breed them, I have my own kids and family to worry about!

  • Shawn_thefemale

    Another glorious example of how keeping people dependent on you guarantees your control over them. School has been reduced to being a year-round free restaurant and day care center.

    • Southern__Hoosier

       Just like the Romans tried placate the mob with bread and circuses. 

  • The__Bobster

    It’s not often that I see “African” and “civilization” in the same sentence.

  • Now that they will all apparently getting “free” healthcare, why not ladle some free lunch on top of it?  I suppose it’s too much to ask of the parents to be responsible and find a way to feed their future honah stoodintz.  No shame at not being able to feed their own children, either. 

    More and more I feel like a sucker for having worked hard, sacrificed, and saved money so I can take care of myself.  I’m going to keep doing the things I’ve been doing, because it’s the morally right way to live, but at this point I’m almost looking forward to the day the whole system collapses, even if it takes me with it.   Watching these people scream and wail when the entitlements can no longer be paid and they have no idea how to acquire food to feed themselves or their sprogs, because it’s always been given to them or paid for by somebody else, will be delicious. 

  • Up to my neck in CA

    No wonder they can afford $200 shoes.

  • Southern__Hoosier

    [Editor’s Note: According to the 2010 Census, Jackson is 79.4% black and 18.4% white. During the 2006-2007 school year, enrollment at Jackson Public Schools was 97.5% black and 1.8% white.]

    Editor you have the wrong Jackson.

    Jackson, Michigan As of the 2010 census Jackson had a population of 33,534. The median age
    was 32. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 71.4%
    white, 20.4% black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.7%
    Asian, 1.6% 

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson,_Michigan