Jacksonville Students Get Free Lunches Despite Unpaid Bills

A North Carolina school district has decided to quit giving cheaper lunches to children whose parents owe money.

The Jacksonville Daily News reported Thursday that the Onslow County school board decided to eliminate alternative meals typically comprised of a cheese sandwich, two vegetables or fruits and milk.

School board member Jeff Brown says the alternatives were humiliating for children who received them.

Assistant superintendent Barry Collins says the meals had been served starting last year to pressure parents who owed more than $100. For students paying the full price for cafeteria meals, that meant nearly 60 days of lunches.

Parents owed the school district more than $100,000 in unpaid meals last year.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Bill Location: Jamesville on Sep 6, 2009 at 08:06 AM
    Free welfare, free food stamps, free health care, free phone, free housing, free fishing, free social security, free sex (don,t have to worry about raising them), free education, and the list goes on. And someone getting a handout has the nerve to complain.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Sep 6, 2009 at 07:57 AM
    HUMILITAING! These kids are geting something to eat. What are the parents doing? If they are going to have them then they should feed and cloth them. They had a good time makiing them now let them pay for 18 years. If the goverment goes broke who is going to take care of them appartently not the parents. Bet some of the parents are overweight and none are going hungry. IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO RAISE THEM, THEN DON'T HAVE THEM!
  • by B Location: washington on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:46 PM
    RD everybody is not as rich as you are. I'm sure you make about 95 thousand a year. Well jobs are very few for a lot of people now. I want you to know all people are not trying to get tax payers money, they can't hep themselves. Some of these people that's having it hard has worked all of there lives. Not all people are looking for a hand out just a hand. You people are so quick to think everybody should be where you are. These children need to be feed, they don't have anything to do with what there parents can or can't pay. I'd hate to think there are children at school not eating lunch because there single parent working two jobs could not afford to pay a lost book bill. Don't look down on the man unless you'll picking him up. Just for the record my youngest is 27 years old and I don't need you and he don't either. We are tax payers!
  • by Gator Location: NC on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    I am an Onslow County resident, their better not be any children in our schools going with out lunch. I would rather have my taxes go up to pay for these lunches so the kids can learn with out hunger pangs. A lot of you people were the ones in school who probably picked on the kid because their parents lost their job and couldn't afford new clothes. People grow up.
  • by lj on Sep 3, 2009 at 05:52 PM
    Isn't this neglect? If I am not providing lunch for my child should I not be reported to Social Services?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 3, 2009 at 05:27 PM
    I mean I won't let my child starve. Plus some people have lost their jobs and they cannot afford to pay. Then some people like my sister until her daughter is approved for free lunch she has to pay for her child's lunch, but before the child could eat for free until the application was approved. If some of you would look how things are being done you would not complain so much about the parents. Now because the schools are in so much debt they are doing things different to save money and some people can't afford it.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 3, 2009 at 04:25 PM
    Well in Martin County the high schools have to pay for their lunch unless this year has change. I been paying for my child lunch since he has been in school. Which is fine with me. I want let my child starve and sometimes he shares his money with other students, but last year it was so many students that owed money for lost books, lunches, etc. Martin County Schools are in so much in debt I wonder if it is ever going to end.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 3, 2009 at 04:13 PM
    Hey's let all start not paying for our meals...
  • by Anonymous on Sep 3, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    A $100 balance for school lunches isn't juest "oops, sorry, I don't have the money today.."...that's total neglect on the parents part. Because they just don't give a dern. And are too lazy to fill out the paper work to get free or reduced lunches.....
  • by Not good Location: Pamlico on Sep 3, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    Instead of hurting the children with no food, why not send a Social worker or Another quailfied person to the home and talk with the parents and ask them to sign up for the free lunch program? If they have to much pride for this, then ask the parents to pay up. If they can't do both, then their must be some kind of punshiment for this. Parents need step up and take care of their kids. This is crazy.
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