Perdue Takes Aim At Childhood Hunger

Gov. Beverly Perdue is taking aim at childhood hunger in North Carolina by promoting a public-private partnership geared toward increasing participation in meals programs.

Perdue will join Share Our Strength founder Bill Shore in Durham on Tuesday to announce the No Kid Hungry North Carolina program. The goal is to increase participation in feeding programs by launching a pilot effort in 27 schools.

Right now, less than half the 640,000 children who get a free or reduced-price school lunch participate in the school breakfast program.

Greater participation in the federal school breakfast and summer meals programs could not only feed more children but could bring around $27 million in additional federal funds to the state.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    Here is the solution. Every kid eat breakfast at home and bring a bag lunch. Problem solved. Sorry parents will quickly be seen as idiots. Iphone or luch for their kids. Back to basics, it does not take a village to raise a kid.
  • by STILL FED UP Location: GREENVILLE on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    GO OBSERVE LUNCHTIME IN A SCHOOL CAFETERIA AND SEE THE FREE LUNCHES THAT ARE THROWN IN THE TRASH WHILE THE RECIPIENTS PURCHASE THE A LA CARTE ITEMS WITH THEIR MONEY. NAUSEATING!
  • by B Location: Gville on Sep 13, 2011 at 10:59 AM
    I guess 'ol Bev see that her "education" strategy is not going too good, so time to switch gears to another tax payer financed feel good policy. Hey dumb blond gov, how about going after the good for nothing parents that aint taking care of their own kids!
  • by country boy Location: havelock on Sep 13, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    Just another way for the liberals to get more people on their welfare system. Just because they do not participate in the breakfast program does not mean they are going hungry, just maybe they eat at home with their food stamp money??
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co on Sep 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM
    This from the US Census Bureau; As a group, America's poor are far from being chronically undernourished. The average consumption of protein, vitamins, and minerals is virtually the same for poor and middle-class children and, in most cases, is well above recommended norms. Poor children actually consume more meat than do higher-income children and have average protein intakes 100 percent above recommended levels. Most poor children today are, in fact, supernourished and grow up to be, on average, one inch taller and 10 pounds heavier than the GIs who stormed the beaches of Normandy in World War II. While the poor are generally well nourished, some poor families do experience temporary food shortages. But even this condition is relatively rare; 89 percent of the poor report their families have "enough" food to eat, while only 2 percent say they "often" do not have enough to eat.
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      by Dawg on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:24 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      So why are we paying to feed them twice? Seems like the middle income could use the help more than the poor.
  • by Hello! on Sep 13, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    For every family that receives food stamps, the home environment shoud be investigated. Most that receive this service "At the expense of the taxpayer" are obese, drive a much nicer car than those of us who work for a living, have the most up to date phones, tvs, internet, tv satellite and the list just goes on and on. It is no wonder they are on food stamps. If I lived that lavish, I would be in line waiting for mine. Wake up, America and Ms Bev Poohoo! This can't continue. DO YOUR JOB!
  • by noexcuses Location: nc on Sep 13, 2011 at 09:23 AM
    This makes me extremely angry. There is no excuse for laziness, and for MOST of these parents, that's all it is. Hey, why work if I can sit on my butt and collect a check every month? Hey, you're gonna feed my kids too? You can't ever expect these bums to change when you're fueling their sense of entitlement. Unfortunately the little kids you are feeding will turn out to be the same.
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      by I Fought the Law on Sep 13, 2011 at 09:58 AM in reply to noexcuses
      100% agree with this one.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    I am not very good at math, but how many breakfasts could a 165 million dollar fishing pier buy, and 400 million dollar gobal transpart full of weeds and empty fields. the list goes on and on.
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      by Frank on Sep 13, 2011 at 01:54 PM in reply to
      Thanks to the Republican tax cuts created in Raleigh, 5,000,000 new jobs will be coming to North Carolina with many being located at The Global Transpark.
  • by FED UP Location: GREENVILLE on Sep 13, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    HOW MANY TIMES A DAY DO THESE KIDS EAT? IF YOU ARE FOOD STAMP ELIGIBLE WHY DO YOU NEED FREE MEALS AT SCHOOL 2 X DAY? FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS ARE ABLE TO SPEND MORE PER MONTH AT THE GROCERY STORE THAN THE AVG NORTH CAROLINIAN. WHY CAN'T THEY EAT BREAKFAST AT HOME AND PACK A LUNCH LIKE MY KIDS?
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Sep 13, 2011 at 07:07 AM
    Give em foodstamps, everybody else in ENC is getting them
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