New Supper Program for Children in Leon County Schools

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, Florida --

Many students rely on before and after school snacks for nutrition.

The new Director of Nutrition for Leon County schools is setting up a Supper Program. Most schools have a snack program, but this would give the students a more substantial meal.

The Supper Program will be at schools with the most need. They will start off with cold meals like sandwiches, and move up to hot food meals when the weather starts to get a little cooler.

The program is likely to start mid-September, and the Director of Nutrition says this is needed.

Director of Nutrition, Cathy Reed, said, "We have the opportunity now to provide them with a more substantial meal before they go home, which may improve them studying in the evening when they get home, or at least they will have a full tummy when they go to bed at night."

The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program does not cost extra for the full meals instead of a snack, making it a win- win for children in Leon County Schools.


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  • by Shauneuqa Location: Quincy FL on Aug 23, 2011 at 09:12 AM
    How do me get more free stuff over here in Gadsden County? It don't be fair that them shorties in Leon get free dinner but I still have to buy my childrens dinner over here in Quincy.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    The "problem" is that 95% of the taxpaying citizens cannot afford these luxuries. Folks on food stamps need to be buying nutritious AFFORDABLE food. I, a taxpayer, have to live within my means and they should too.
  • by There are limits Location: Local on Aug 22, 2011 at 07:27 PM
    My question is why is this always about a who has and who doesn't? Shouldn't it be about the future for our kids. Without them America has no future. Nothing is being said about corporate greed and tax loopholes. Maybe if all the self serving millionaires would pay taxes as required then more money would be in the federal budget and so of this could be eliminated.Alot of these posts are from old hateful crabs and people looking down their noses but remember you two that unless you prepare the children to manage and contribute to society then whos hands will you be leaving it in. You never know what the future may bring and denying a child the right grow will ensure someone is held accountable.I am a firm believer that welfare is temp aid which many generations of ALL COLORS has based there soul survival off of and this is crying shame but like it has been said many times on here why should the children be held responsible? So many with silver spoons and little struggle pass quick judgement but just remember that the higher one sits guarantess a much longer fall.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 at 01:14 AM in reply to There are limits
      A family of four qualifies for $668.00 in food stamps per month. That's plenty of money for three meals a day per household.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 at 04:19 AM in reply to There are limits
      Self serving millionaire? You are aware that the top 5% pay over 35% of all federal taxes and 47% have zero liability? Secondly...by supporting these kids now, they will learn that the govt will save them and will keep expecting the govt to bail them out or save them....what ever happened to self reliance...something that even the parents fail to remember.
  • by Anon on Aug 22, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    When I was in grade school back in the seventies, when I got up in the morning, I'd make a bowl of Fruit Loops (or whatever) finish it, then grab my Scooby Doo lunch box containing a tunafish sandwich, an apple, a small plastic bag of crackers or chips and a thremos full of Kool Aid and proceeded to have a great day at school. Today, kids get two large (now three) hot meals per day plus snacks and are still crying that they're hungry. The result is millions of kids with an obesity problem failing school- all spent with taxpayers billions. Go figure.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 at 06:14 AM in reply to Anon
      Not exactly true. These kids also have enrichment time during the afterschool programs and do outdoor activities. At least at the school were my kids went to an afterschool program. NO, I don't get foodstamps, but wish I could.
  • by Danny Location: Tallahassee on Aug 22, 2011 at 04:55 PM
    No children should do without, but come on. Now they get all three meals a day at school. How about weekends and holidays? Do these parents get less food stamps for them eating at school. when will this all stop? Maybe when there's nothing left at all for anybody.
  • by klt Location: tallahassee on Aug 22, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    it is very sad the amount of people that are posting such negative things. our economy is in the toilet. in the past 5 years my son's school has gone from an A to a C. 60% of his school is considered low income. there are a lot people in this area that can not feed their children and their foodstamps only go so far. please people don't judge think about the kids that this program is going to help.
  • by Quincy Mom Location: Quincy on Aug 22, 2011 at 03:38 PM
    I would love to see food stamp recipients using coupons at the checkout line...would be nice if they were making every effort to stretch my tax dollar :)
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      by Don on Aug 22, 2011 at 05:19 PM in reply to Quincy Mom
      I checked out at Fresh Market where a woman paid for $115.00 worth of t-bones and Alaskan Crab legs and paid for them with her food stamp card.
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        by What? on Aug 23, 2011 at 06:17 AM in reply to Don
        AND???? If a person on foodstamps is choosing to buy healthy unaltered food, what is the problem. Is it that she bought T-Bones instead of bologna? Please help me understand your comment.
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          by IM319 on Aug 23, 2011 at 07:56 AM in reply to What?
          Keep preaching the truth brother!
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          by IM319 on Aug 23, 2011 at 08:58 AM in reply to What?
          The "problem" is that 95% of the taxpaying citizens cannot afford these luxuries. Folks on food stamps need to be buying nutritious AFFORDABLE food. I, a taxpayer, have to live within my means and they should too.
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        by rob on Aug 23, 2011 at 08:31 AM in reply to Don
        More proof that food stamps need to be only for the essentials...eggs, milk, cheese, rice, lean ground beef, chicken...nothing else!
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      by Jennifer on Aug 23, 2011 at 04:44 PM in reply to Quincy Mom
      I receive for my food stamps for my family of five when my husband lost his job. He has finally found one and I hope that we will be back on our feet soon. As per your comment, I use coupons everytime I shop and I usually save at least 50 percent. This helps me stretch my food stamps as I did before I was on food stamps. I am very grateful for the help in our time of need and want to do all I can to appreciate it.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 02:38 PM
    I totally feel for the children whose parents do not properly care for them. BUT we have to start making the parents accountable somehow. The more we give, give, give, the more many just take, take, take. Used to people tried hard to pull themselves up, had pride in themselves, were embarrassed to accept help. Nowadays it seems so many have so little pride. It is sad. STOP giving without demanding something in return. If parents have a job, ok. If not, then make them work off the free meals somehow.
  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Aug 22, 2011 at 02:34 PM
    All in, for the river card! This is very good news, and I am all about these kids having "something to think about..." You naysayers just need to pack a lunch! Do you get it yet? I'll be here all week!
  • by Foxgloves Location: Tlh on Aug 22, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    Look at what is running the USDA in Washington and Obummer wants everyone to be on the government rolls, feed 'em, house em, breed 'em, medicate 'em, pay the hospital bills, debit card, more more for every illegit you can push out, no daddys in sight, no daddys responsibility, and now the Leon County school board, is going to feed them supper, in addition to snacks, and breakfast, and free lunch. Where does it end? When are the breeders going to take personal responsiblity for what they have popped out for the working taxpayers to take care of. None of these people pay any taxes. They won't even have the $13.00 a pound crab legs steamed at the grocery store, because they would have to pay sales tax, and it could not be charged on the welfare. So they whine to the store manager and try to get the clerks in the fish dept. fired, and then they have to put the seasonings on so they take them home and still the taxpayers are paying for the finest and most expensive foods in the grocery stores. I, for one, am fed up with doing with less, while I am forced to pay through mandated programs for these lazy breeding parasites to live off me and the rest that work. They have plent of money for jewelry, fine clothes, shoes, the latest suv, and now that the taxpayers are paying for their cell phones, they have that extra to spend to do their nails and hair, to attract another spem donor. If this "new" nutrition director wants to feed them, she should pay the bills out of her pocket. The agriculture department is paid for, by those who work and pay taxes; it is not free money, idiot. It is not your money, is why you don't care. The school board is another bloated, wasteful government agency, that could have at least half of them fired, and they would never be missed. More taxes every year to support them, or give up your home and live on the street. This is about as sorry as it gets in "govmint".
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      by Steve on Aug 22, 2011 at 02:39 PM in reply to Foxgloves
      In response to this...Blah blablah blah blah blahblah.Blah! Blahblahblahblahblah! Can you say stupid s***? I knew that you could! Blahblahblaaaaaaaaaaaahhh! And Blaaaaaah! Nothing personal...Blah! Blah! Blah! Blah, and there it is, you thug!
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        by obviously on Aug 22, 2011 at 04:18 PM in reply to Steve
        You can't prove him wrong....
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      by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 at 04:21 PM in reply to Foxgloves
      everyone the recieves assistants is not single or out have children with no father. before we judge we should look at our neighbors and ourselves. how many of us are one or two paychecks from be homeless or not having enough food to feed our children? just because you have today doesn't mean you will have tomorrow. becareful of judgement foxglove.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 at 04:21 AM in reply to
        Youre right, its just the majority!
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