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Schools are closed. That doesn't mean students in need will go hungry.

Original post made on Mar 16, 2020

While schools are closed temporarily, students and families in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto will still have access to free meals provided by the public school districts.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 16, 2020, 4:02 PM

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Posted by Sally
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 16, 2020 at 5:26 pm

Great work Ravenswood! Especially:

"Ravenswood is offering meals to any students in East Palo Alto, regardless of whether they attend district schools."

Please consider giving to the emergency fund linked in the article.

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 17, 2020 at 10:34 am

Sure this is nice, but shouldn't people learn how to care for themselves which included cooking for yourself? I'm concern for a generation that becomes so dependent on others that they need to be feed.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

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Posted by Michelle
a resident of Professorville
on Mar 17, 2020 at 11:25 am

Alan, we are a nation without a safety net, without a living wage. People can be working more than one job and not have enough to cover food, rent and bills. Add in this crisis and people already on the edge are losing their jobs.
The least we can do is ensure that children do not go hungry for circumstances that are completely out of their hands.
Your comment is neither clever or appropriate. It just shows you lack compassion, perspective or grip on reality for those living outside your bubble.

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 17, 2020 at 12:14 pm


Respectfully I disagree with your conclusion.

Yes, we are a nation without a safety-net, but nobody starves in this nation.

Most of the homeless that are asking for money in San Francisco are not using that money to buy food, most of them are using it to buy drugs and perpetuate the cause of their homelessness.

Whenever I'm approached by a homeless person my response is "I'm not going to give you money, but I'll buy you anything you want from [fill in grocery-store or restaurant within site here]". Do you know what % of the homeless take me up on the offer? I'd say less than 10%, maybe even less than 5%, and I've been doing this 20 years.

Now with regards to providing lunches, yes sure do it. But also encourage people to learn to take care of themselves instead of treating them like they are incapable of it, from the moment they are young kids.

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Posted by Carlito waysmann
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 17, 2020 at 3:59 pm

How do you teach individual responsibility when there are a lot of freebies coming your way?

I understand that some good hearted individuals believe that providing free stuff is the woke way to do the right thing, but here is the thing, that free stuff is not free, is tax money from all of us. Is money that would be better used to pay teachers, fix schools etc.

Palo Alto's kids go to bed hungry? Really?
Better yet , those Palo Altans do gooders can get their wallets out and go to those communities where kids go hungry every night to help.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2020 at 4:45 pm

Posted by Alan, a resident of Charleston Meadows

>> Yes, we are a nation without a safety-net, but nobody starves in this nation.

I wish headline writers would stop using the word "hungry" in this context. Commodity starchy foods are so cheap now that they might as well be as free as air. Most kids are not actually "hungry". If you are actually starving to death, all those starches are welcome, but, if that is all you eat, you will die of kwashiorkor. Nobody starves in this nation, more or less, but, lots of poor people do not have good nutrition. Good nutrition is the goal for these programs. We just need a better word for the headlines. "Lacking nutrition" doesn't work like "hungry". Suggestions?

As for the "free stuff" question, another way to look at it is by using the word "included". It may, or, may not, may sense for airline meals to be "included" with a ticket. It may or may not make sense for breakfast to be "included" with the B(&B) price. It may or may not make sense for breakfast and/or lunch to be included as part of what a school provides students. IF the provided meals are nutritionally sound, THEN, personally, I think it makes sense for breakfast and lunch to be INCLUDED. I don't think it makes sense to ration good nutrition, and, I think good student nutrition provides taxpayers a huge payback in the long run.

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