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Government Program Gives Free Food To Anyone Under 18

August 8, 2012 by  

Government Program Gives Free Food To Anyone Under 18
Children from wealthy families can get free food, and taxpayers foot the bill.

A program in Northern California funded by the Department of Agriculture is giving away free food this summer. Anyone under 18 qualifies, regardless of family income or citizenship.

“These nutritious lunches are completely free for all children 18 years of age and under,” said Monique Stovall, Director of Food Services, in a press release. “No questions asked.”

The program has raised concerns. Namely: Children from wealthy families can get free food, and taxpayers foot the bill.

“Normally we wouldn’t qualify for a free lunch, but we’re close and it’s convenient, and my kids like it — that’s important,” said Julie Marks, a mother who takes her two sons to the Summer Fun Café multiple times a week.

The Summer Fun Café serves kids at 69 locations around the San Diego area. Operating Monday through Friday, the program provides a healthy lunch.

“We just want everyone to eat healthy this summer. That is our goal,” said Stovall.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • RivahMitch

    The program is absurd, as are many coming out of the Behemoth on the Potomac these days. However, San Diego is NOT in Northern California.

  • Patriot1776

    Hey Nero, Rome’s burning…If a hunter puts corn out to bait deer, it is illegal, if the government puts “free food” out to bait citizens, it is a health program. Training morons to depend on the government. “Come here children, I’ve got some candy for you…”

  • Brad

    Just another free lunch from the folks in CA. Wonder how long that will last? Do the food line providers have Cadillac insurance coverage and get 1 million a year for the rest of theoir lives? Bless their hearts.

  • Rocky Night

    I wonder why we are broke? *sarcasm*

  • kategray

    This is funded by the TAX-PAYERS. The state did not make the money the people who work did and paid taxes so the State can give away their hard eraned dollars.

  • Ken

    Few things that are given freely are worth getting…..advice being one of them.

  • Jamie W.

    I think the bigger problem would be that we’re giving it to a bunch of illegals… as if the wealthy are coming to these places which I doubt are nice at all! And if they are, hell, at least the “wealthy” who would be coming to these places actually helped to pay for it!

    • September

      Feeding Calif. is feeding Mexico. I don’t have a problem helping our own citizens, but it’s usually the illegals that take the most advantage of our benifits. In Az. we have an estimated 278,587 illegals that work here, we have 262,578 Arizonan’s out of work. Guess what? If it was not for illegals all our own citizens in Ariz. could have jobs, with a surplus.

  • Jackie

    Oregon is doing the same thing.

    • eddie47d

      This program is going on throughout the nation and mostly Christian Churches are doing the leg work. Trust me there are no wealthy people using this program so that is a fallacy. Our church also volunteers to distribute these meals ( I did it once with the help of my 7 year old granddaughter). Some need to kindly practice what you preach or what our mutual friend Jesus has taught us. Since no adults are given food and the food has to be eaten in front of those distributing the meals then no one can claim this is adult dependency.

  • Chester

    I have NO problem feeding anyone under 18 who is willing to take the time and trouble to get to this program. You DID notice, I hope, that you MUST be under 18 to get anything, and that knocks a lot of the socalled freeloaders right out of the program. If YOU have problems with making sure local kids are fed, then I would say you have a problem, period.

    • Emoke Davis

      I don’t have a problem feeding anyone if there is a personal decision to do so. I believe the point is that the government should not be involved. If a local church wants to do this more power to them. It should be funded and administered by that church with absolutely no government involvement. So Chester how many people are you feeding or are you just advocating taking from everyone else (you’ll kick in what is forcibly taken from you) and having someone else distributed it for you so you can feel charitable?

      • eddie47d

        How many churches make a concerted effort to feed the poor in 2012. Few can rely strictly on the generosity of those churches anymore.

    • trashman

      actually. there is a contradiction. The article say ”under 18” and ”18 and under.”

      Our main concern should be to take out the trash in November.

  • Kathleen Owens

    The article says Northern Ca is giving out free food. Yet the lady bringing her children for a free lunch is from San Diego. Simple geography tells me San Diego is not in Norther Ca. Leads me to believe this article is made up by someone who doesn’t know what they are talking about. Get your facts straight.

  • Jesse Lyles

    The Government hides behind the kids and getting rich off the tax-payers ! We try to do the right things but it only gets abuse by others. I feel sorry for how our kids are getting taught. To go against all rights to get a free brown bag specail. So sad !

  • September

    The program has raised concerns. Namely: Children from wealthy families can get free food, and taxpayers foot the bill. Seriously? The are the ones that paid for the food. My concern is that everyone who did not contribute for the food are the ones getting it.

  • Ted Crawford

    Cloward-Piven !

  • Eric Bischoff (@ericbischoff)

    Bla Bla Bla.

    While all you are worried about is YOUR MONEY, and using stupid examples which allow you to EVADE the real problems.

    Here are a few

    Although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same. Unemployment rather than poverty is a stronger predictor of food insecurity.

    Yeah I know. Get a job you bums! That’s the Libertarian, conservative, republican answer. Such empathy

    Hey Republicans, Hey Boehner, where are the jobs?


    In 2010, 46.2 million people (15.1 percent) were in poverty.
    In 2010, 9.2 million (11.7 percent) families were in poverty.
    In 2010, 26.3 million (13.7 percent) of people ages 18-64 were in poverty.
    In 2010, 16.4 million (22.0 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
    In 2010, 3.5 million (9.0 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.

    The overall Poverty Rate according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure is 16.0%,
    as compared with the official poverty rate of 15.1%.ii
    Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure, there are 49.1 million people living in poverty,
    2.5 million more than are represented by the official poverty measure (46.2 million).iii

    Food Insecurity and Very Low Food Security

    In 2010,
    48.8 million Americans lived in food insecure households,
    32.6 million adults and 16.2 million children.
    14.5 percent of households (17.2 million households) were food insecure.
    5.4 percent of households (6.4 million households) experienced very low food security.households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.2 percent compared to 11.7 percent.
    Households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (20.2 percent), especially households with children headed by single women (35.1 percent) or single men (25.4 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (25.1 percent) and Hispanic households (26.2 percent).

    In 2009,
    8.0 percent of seniors living alone (925,000 households) were food insecure.

    Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 5 percent in Steele County, ND to a high of 38 percent in Wilcox County, AL.

    Nine states exhibited statistically significant higher household food insecurity rates than the U.S. national average 2008-2010 of 14.6%

    Mississippi 19.4%
    Texas 18.8%
    Arkansas 18.6%
    Alabama 17.3%
    Georgia 16.9%
    Ohio 16.4%
    Florida 16.1%
    California 15.9%
    North Carolina 15.7%

    Use of Emergency Food Assistance and Federal Food Assistance Programs

    In 2010,
    4.8 percent of all U.S. households (5.6 million households) accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times.

    59.2 percent of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the three major Federal food assistance programs –Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamp Program), The National School Lunch Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

    Feeding America provides emergency food assistance to an estimated 37 million low-income people annually, a 46 percent increase from 25 million since Hunger in America 2010.

    Among members of Feeding America, 74 percent of pantries, 65 percent of kitchens, and 54 percent of shelters reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites.

    • Patriot1776

      What definition of poverty are you using? What percentage of households receiving food assistance because they are food insecure also have cell phones, cable TV and other unnecessary comforts? Great use of statistics, but what is the baseline?

      • Eric Bischoff (@ericbischoff)

        What is your baseline?
        Where do you get your poverty talking points?
        Let me Guess! Fox, Heritage, Cato bla bla bla.
        and In your twisted world all poor people have big TVs

        You are so clueless.

        You and a lot of supposedly good christian people on this site seem to be more concerned with money and holding on to your money and screw the poor, the out of work, the hungry, the homeless.

    • TheTruthHurts

      So why are >50% of Americans overweight? Or >25% obese? Seems like someone is fudging numbers…
      reference “obesity and overweight: trends: US obesity trends” CDC

      Socialism is not Christianity. Some famous guy once said : Give a man a fish & he eats for a day, teach a man to fish & feed him for a lifetime

  • Eric Bischoff (@ericbischoff)

    I guarantee you no one from the 1% is going to eat at a food pantry, soup kitchen or shelter because it’s convenient.

  • Francis Allred

    WOW what a bunch of percentages I just read. Here is a percentage for you ….I’m unhappy 100% of the time when we give those who don’t belong here anything for free!
    There are Apples, Bananas, and sandwiches South of our border. If we don’t feed and employ and give them everything they need……them maybe they will go home.

    Also, Eric, we currently have a Democrat Senate and President you fool, ask them about jobs, PIPELINE ring a bell. Government cannot create jobs only a job friendly environment, when they do that, then and only then, will jobs be created.

    • Eric Bischoff (@ericbischoff)

      Who is the fool Francis.

      You are just regurgitating Fox Talking points.

      What a bunch of mean, selfish arses.

      When I read your crap, I would rather give the hard working illegal aliens my tax dollars rather than let you fools have use of it because all you ever do with it is wage wars on others and subsidize big oil, big agra and big pharma.

  • Eric Bischoff (@ericbischoff)

    As the wealthiest nation on earth we should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing anyone to go hungry, homeless, and without access to healthcare especially, while some of us are making multi million dollar salaries, while we throw away so much food everyday and while so many houses and buildings are empty.

    There’s absolutely no excuse for this. None!

    • Patriot1776

      Everyone has access to healthcare. Anyone who goes to a hospital cannot be turned away. The hospitals have to write off the cost of those who can’t pay. That is part of why healthcare is so high, they have to apply the cost of treating those who can’t pay to those who do.

      Is it allowing someone to go hungry if they choose not to work to provide for themselves?

      Should those who own and pay for houses and buildings that are empty simply donate them to house those who aren’t willing to put a roof over their own head?

      There are circumstances that can take a working person out of the work force, health issues, obama economics, and it is good to have a support system to help in those instances. But when you have generations that have never attempted to provide for themselves, their sole income consists of government hand outs, then you have a system that cannot survive. When those same people are held under the government’s thumb to use as pawns to line politician’s pockets, you have a system ripe for corruption.

  • TerriG

    This is happening where I live, too. I think it’s a great program. There are a lot of kids who go without ,eals durimg the summer. I have no problem with a few kids who do not live below the poverty level using it. The majority that use it need it. Adults can eat there, too, for cash ($3 where I live). The children are worth it.

  • whitedoveblogg

    IF people were poor in Nazi Germany and early russia, they were given foods or shots to eliminate them….
    Just as the flu shot is laced with something to come out later when the immune system is lowered…..and they insist children and elderly take it …they are eliminating elderly because they REMEMBER, and young of specific groups…where ONLY SPECIFIC GROUPS ARE FORCED TO TAKE THE FLU SHOTS…SPECIFIC ETHNIC GROUPS….
    GET IT!!!???


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