Sunday, July 25, 2010

Framingham's food service program.... grows larger

For the second year in a row, the summer meals program at Framingham High has helped provide nutritious meals to those who are in need. From the Tab...

They are serving 800 meals a day at the high school....up from 500 last year. All with your tax dollars and a gift from Project Bread of 11,000 dollars... Even though Beacon Hill cut there funding. Now this is why I pay taxes... and donate money. Helping with the basics.... a decent meal for the kids in school...in the summer.... why not?

One troubling number that was presented by Elaine Taber, director of education policy at Project Bread, "only 18% of eligible kids who can get free meals, actually use the program".

Not a good sign... but there is still a stigma with being poor at school and creative ways should be found to increase the awareness and decrease the stigma.

3 Comments:

At July 27, 2010 at 10:19 AM , Blogger Can't think of a name said...

Did not even know this program existed. Whose budget does the money not provided by Project Bread or the States come out of for this program?

 
At July 27, 2010 at 10:50 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

It's a Federal program Can't. The State doesn't have to put in at all. Although Project Bread does get some funding from the State.

 
At July 27, 2010 at 11:34 AM , Blogger Interested reader said...

We probably are even underestimating how many kids could take advantage of this program and don't. If there is funding in place for this, and it does not cost Framingham anything, we need to get that information out their to families in need. Kids should not be hungry.

 

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