YOUR MONEY:: Taxpayer-backed free lunch program feeds kids in need — and those who aren’t | Fox News
By Claudia Cowan –
Every summer across the country, more than 3 million children eat for free at more than 30,000 sites, from schools to recreation centers to migrant worker camps.
It’s a valuable resource for families who are struggling — but, critics say, a convenient freebie for those who aren’t.
At the “Summer Fun Cafe,” which Fox News visited in northern California, and others like it, meals are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided at least half the children in the area qualify for free lunches during the school year.
But come summer, anyone 18 and under can pull up a chair to Uncle Sam’s table.
“There’s no income requirement, no enrollment, no paperwork,” said Monique Stovall, nutrition director for the San Juan Unified School District outside Sacramento. “All children in the community in that age range can come eat with us for free.”