Stimulus Funds To Improve School Lunches

By: AP
By: AP

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan schools in low-income areas are splitting up $2.5 million from the federal stimulus program to buy cafeteria equipment to improve their lunch programs.
The grants announced Thursday goes to 167 schools in more than 100 school districts statewide.
Benton Harbor High School is to receive the largest of the grants at $52,000. Most of the grants are for $25,000 or less and several are under $10,000.
A school qualifies for the stimulus money if at least half of its students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
More than 60 of the schools listed Thursday are in Wayne County, including 10 from the Detroit Public Schools.

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  • by St. James Location: St. Johns on Jul 27, 2009 at 11:26 AM
    President Johnson started a war back in the 60's and $7 trillion later, we are still fighting "The War on Poverty". The question is how long do we continue? The Teacher make several good points, except how do you explain the Detroit school system. If its about money all problems are solved, correct??? We give these poor families welfare at home, but there kids go to school hungry? We feed them breakfest and lunch at school, they go home hungry. I don't have a problem helping the poor, just look me in the eye and tell me you need help. These faceless programs, where one just signs up and money starts to flow, just breeds more.
  • by teacher on Jul 27, 2009 at 03:45 AM
    Anon==the Federal School Lunch program benefits everybody. This program helps make sure our students have food, so that they can learn better. Kids who are hungry can't focus, and often fall behind in their classes, which means the teacher has to spend more time getting them up to speed, and it takes time away from the other kids. Better educated students benefit us all. Fewer drop outs and discipline problems also benefit us all, and allow teachers to make better use of our tax dollars. So the few pennies of your tax money that go to this program do benefit you.
  • by GK Location: Lansing on Jul 24, 2009 at 04:48 PM
    Great, even if it does cost me a dime more.....ANON chicken, our kids are not getting what they need, the family may be low income as you say, but do the kids have to suffer because of job loss or unable or sometime unwilling(i know) to work?? PLEASE, IF you have kids and YOU care at all, this is WHO this is for!!! Get over it and start caring for someone other than yourself!!!
  • by jenna Location: mich on Jul 24, 2009 at 08:28 AM
    If we don't take care of our own what does it say for us as humans.The way things are wasn't Gods plan but satans plan.How one looks at things depends on what side your on.Many are tired of the rich having all and the poor having nothing.Worse yet some rich have no reguard for the poor.Or could care less if they eat,have housing,ect.So be it.We all will answer for the way we are in the end.Rich,poor,bad or good.Taxes to fund this program?Sure.It is alot better than many things taxes do fund.
  • by anon on Jul 24, 2009 at 04:22 AM
    There's no such thing as a free lunch! Somebody has to pay for it and that means the taxpayers! I am sick and tired of being forced to pay to for other people.
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