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All Pittsburgh school students to get free lunch

Published: Wed, August 20, 2014 @ 5:19 p.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Public Schools officials say all 25,000 students in its 54 schools will receive free lunches when the new school year begins next week.

The district’s students will qualify under the Community Eligibility Provision of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch and Breakfast programs.

The program lets school districts that serve mostly low-income areas to make all students eligible for the free meals without requiring individual students to file income eligibility applications.

All students in the district had already been receiving free breakfasts under the program.


1MLC75(529 comments)posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

I think that is great,at least some children will get one hot meal.

@Joe why the hate,it is children getting a meal.Who cares if it is a few dollars out of your pocket.

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2Ytownnative(1036 comments)posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

I would rather my tax money goes to something like this instead of bridges to nowhere or other pork projects.

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3walter_sobchak(1909 comments)posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Yes, it is the responsibility of a school system to feed children. This is not a parent's responsibility. We are from a different era, Joe. To think, this all started with USDA subsidized milk for children.

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4bunkpatrol(87 comments)posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

I hope your God puts you all a step further away from your heaven for every time you brought up your taxes when it came to something like providing a hot meal to children who might not have one otherwise.

Were you put here to hoard or help ?

Small minded, selfish, miserable wretches out to punish children for what their parents may(or may not) lack.

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5cambridge(3013 comments)posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

It's funny how the same people that are against contributing for America's children are willing to spend countless trillions on endless wars.

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6walter_sobchak(1909 comments)posted 4 weeks ago

For the 2013-2014, ALL students were receiving free breakfast. Now they will all be receiving a free lunch. Let's just give them all three meals and snacks. Wait, I have a better idea. Let's contract the education of the Pittsburgh students to Golden Corral and provide free chocolate fountains for dessert! We are already spending billions on food stamps, WIC, and other govt programs so why can't the little darlings be shown how to pack a lunch. I started doing it in second grade when I complained to my mother about what she packed! I was told I would do it from then on.

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7DwightK(1256 comments)posted 4 weeks ago

I understand the criticism but teachers have to deal with hungry kids and they are a distraction in the classroom. Of all the things we waste tax dollars on I can't get too worked up over giving a kid some food.

Besides, if we had better paying jobs available to people whole communities wouldn't qualify for free lunches.

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8Ytownnative(1036 comments)posted 4 weeks ago

even if the parents are drunk druggies does that mean the kids shouldn't be fed ?

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9gdog4766(1495 comments)posted 4 weeks ago

My god! Have you people no sense of right and wrong! Free lunch for children while corporate CEOs are having to pay taxes on jet fuel for their Gulfstream private jet. SHAME ON YOU! How else do you expect their wives to get to their corporate tax write off condo in Florida. What you expect them to take themselves and muffs their puppy on a commercial flight. SHAME,SHAME,SHAME!!!

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10walter_sobchak(1909 comments)posted 4 weeks ago

So, Dwight, you are telling me that NO parent in the Pittsburgh school system has a good paying job so we need to provide kids with the free meals? Or, if there were enough $50,000 per year jobs available to these people that they would all take them? The problem is the ENTITLEMENT MENTALITY in the country and the absolute lack of self-worth of these people. It is about priority and responsibility. You may say "Walter just wants to take it out on the children and make them suffer". Wrong, it is the parent(s) of the children that have chose to make their kids suffer. But, when Newt Gingrich commented that maybe we need to re-establish orphanages and children's homes, he was criticized.

Yes, I guess I am a cold-hearted bastard that came from a tough and poor upbringing. I see the error of my thinking. I just hope the school systems provide slots on the lunch trays for these kids to safely place their cell phones. I wouldn't want them to spill any free food on their $150 pair of Nikes.

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11DwightK(1256 comments)posted 4 weeks ago

This was my point:

"The program lets school districts that serve mostly low-income areas to make all students eligible for the free meals"

Take away the low income qualification by doing something to provide jobs and the area no longer meets the qualification.

I completely understand why you guys are upset but you don't look at a hungry kid and say "sorry your mom and dad can't feed you." You help them out and hope they grow up to do the same for others.

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1276Ytown(1241 comments)posted 4 weeks ago

Years ago I had the pleasure of volunteering in an elementary school classroom as a reading mentor. My observation was that the same kids who received free lunch, didn't do their homework, and always wanted to raid the "animal crackers" emergency snack jar were the ones who had all of the latest and best video games shoes and clothes and got picked up in the newest SUVs. Just my observation of course.

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13lajoci(229 comments)posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Hey! All you Republican job-creators out there!

Why don't you get to work creating some jobs? Get busy! Stop sitting on your butttts waiting for some big-government hand-out in the form of tax-breaks or, worse, subsidies!

Quit yer bittttchin', all the while buying/selling hedge funds, sales tax-free. (Nice job buying that little perk for yourselves!)

Quit your incessant whining about how nobody wants to work anymore, and post some jobs - but be ready to handle the crowds when thousands show up to interview for the 1/2 dozen or so entry level positions open.

Do you really believe that these kids and their families wouldn't rather be paying their own way?


Get real, job creators!

They can't pay their way because they don't have jobs, because you ain't doing yours, and you block the government from doing its, namely to be the job creator of last resort when the private sector FAILS -- which it is doing right now.

So stop being wussssy-whiner failures!

Let's see some jobs!

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14lajoci(229 comments)posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago

". . . nearly 110 million Americans – more than one-third of the country – are receiving government assistance of some kind . . .'

Does the "of some kind" include Social Security? Medicare? Veterans' benefits? The salaries of government employees?

When Exxon pays NO INCOME TAX (as they did NOT in 2009), does that count as a government payment to each an every Exxon employee?

How about when Chevron pays HALF the corporate income tax rate (as they did in 2012), does that count? Dose, then, each and every Chevron employee, from the CEO to the lowliest janitor, figure in that count of Americans receiving government benefits?

Republicans LOVE to use that open-ended "government assistance of some kind" mantra; in addition, they LOVE to talk about how half the country pays no Federal income tax.


Don't forget that tax breaks and government subsidies fall into the category of "government assistance of some kind," in other words CORPORATE WELFARE that leaves the rest of us picking up the tab for mega-companies that have BOUGHT their way out of fulfilling their civic responsibility.

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15lajoci(229 comments)posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Hey, Republicans! Stop trying to get yourself elected by promising FREE STUFF to corporations!

At least when the Dems do (as you claim) it, the benefits go to poor people, rather than BILLIONAIRES!

BILLIONAIRES and BILLIONAIRE companies don't need free stuff! They already rake in BILLIONS!

BILLIONAIRES don't need Medicare and Social Security and Medicaid and food stamps!

Get real!

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1676Ytown(1241 comments)posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Actually, when it comes to nutrition you only need to shop the perimeter of the grocery store to get healthy food and shopping for fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy which cost less than processed food with far few calories. Fill a cart with fruit & veggies and see how far your money goes compared to chips and cookies.. It's all about choice.

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17lajoci(229 comments)posted 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Or become a fat petro-corporation, and you can buy your way out of participating in the civic responsibility that make your company possible.

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