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Also, school officials say, it is not necessarily the parents whose kids qualify for free or reduced-price lunch (those whose annual household income falls between 130 percent and 185 percent of the 2017-18 federal poverty level) that most often fail to pay. Many times the households that don't pay for lunch are ones that – on paper, anyway – would appear to be able to do so.
originally posted by: Edumakated
I think it should be free to the students. If you are going to serve food, just bake it into the property taxes/school budget and serve everyone. No need to over complicate it.
Part of the problem with public schools is that they are public.
The reality is that in diverse areas there will be some kids whose parent's simply don't have their sh*t together for whatever reason. It is hard enough to teach hoodrat kids, so if you can at least provide a meal so that they aren't hungry, it could yield more benefits for everyone (i.e., maybe the hoodrat kid doesn't disrupt the class as much or other dysfunctional behavior).