Darren, you heartless conservative! How can you even think of starving these poor children?
I don't think they're hungry. And rather than just allowing bad choices on the part of (some of) their parents, we're enabling those bad choices with these programs. The linked article mentions "food security" much more often than it mentions actual hunger, and here's what it says:
The number of Americans who lived in households that lacked consistent access to adequate food soared last year, to 49 million, the highest since the government began tracking what it calls “food insecurity” 14 years ago, the Department of Agriculture reported Monday.Again, we're not talking about actual hunger, we're talking about being concerned about food or having to constrain what you buy. (Heck, I've been there, although admittedly not for many years.) Schools are now starting yet another program that will never go away.
The increase, of 13 million Americans, was much larger than even the most pessimistic observers of hunger trends had expected and cast an alarming light on the daily hardships caused by the recession’s punishing effect on jobs and wages.
About a third of these struggling households had what the researchers called “very low food security,” meaning lack of money forced members to skip meals, cut portions or otherwise forgo food at some point in the year.
The other two-thirds typically had enough to eat, but only by eating cheaper or less varied foods, relying on government aid like food stamps, or visiting food pantries and soup kitchens...
Though researchers at the Agriculture Department do not use the word “hunger,” Mr. Obama did. “Hunger rose significantly last year,” he said...
The report measures the number of households that experienced problems at any point in the year. Only a “small fraction” were facing the problem at a given moment. Among those with “very low food security,” for instance, most experienced the condition for several days in each of seven or eight months.
Would it be reasonable for "our betters" to say something like, "We're feeding your kid, so you have to do this"? In other words, is government's feeding your child a right, an entitlement, or a gift for which you must pay by somehow living "better" in a manner determined by the governing class? It seems I just wrote a post on this topic.
On the other hand, if the school is feeding kids then we'd never have to worry about the wrong kind of lunch sent from home.