Oklahoma City Public Schools next year is going to offer free breakfast and lunch to all of its 44,000 students.
The program is being funded by the USDA’s Community Eligibility Provision, a federal bureaucracy that subsidizes meals for school districts in low-income areas.
This is a federal program that also siphons off local funds.
No one will make a case that students from poor and low-income families should get a free lunch or a subsidized lunch. From a humanitarian standpoint, you can argue that those same students get a free or subsidized breakfast.
But should public schools feed every student twice a day, regardless of the financial status of their families? The answer is no.
First, if students can afford it, they should buy their lunch or bring it from home. This teaches them personal responsibility and it reinforces the idea of self-sufficiency instead of total reliance on the government.
Does the government owe us three meals a day?
No. Liberals are arguing that health care is a basic right (it’s not) and a this school lunch policy is one step toward telling the next generation that the government must feed them, that it is a “right.”
And when the federal government and public schools assume the responsibility of feeding all students, they send a message to parents – you don’t have to provide basic care for your kids. Feeding your children should be a core responsibility that every parent accepts.
And while public schools, who get more than half of the state budget, are screaming for more money, it is equally irresponsible to expand the school lunch program to include students who really don’t need it.
Feed poor kids. Everyone else should pay for their lunch.