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Your May 21 news item, “Unpaid meal fees eat away at school budget,” is a heartbreaker.
Something is seriously wrong with us and our government at the local, state and federal level, if we cannot supply school breakfast, lunch and snacks for all of our children.
Another recent Gazette story said more than 3,000 Grayson County people go hungry at least once a day. Many of them could be children.
Granted, some of the school lunch debt is due to parents who can’t or won’t send the lunch money, or simple forgetfulness on the part of pupils, some of them very young.
But no child should have to pay for a school lunch. And no child should be allowed to go hungry.
Some local churches are doing their best with a weekend backpack program of take-home snacks and soup, but obviously that isn’t enough.
Does anyone realize how much damage is done to a child who has to go hungry? To cheat the child is to produce a less than healthy adult — and guess who pays the medical costs? It’s us, the taxpayers.
Gabriela Mistral said it best: “Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow.’ His name is Today.”