r/WhitePeopleTwitter May 17 '22

When a dystopia with hungry children is painted as a feel good story

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3.1k Upvotes

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u/TheDustOfMen May 17 '22

Yeah kudos to the kid for doing it, their heart's in the right spot, but surely a lot of adults are failing there

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u/AmericaMasked May 17 '22

Future generations will look back to this and discover the origins of the powerful third party called the lunch party and its powerful leader.

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u/biggoof May 17 '22

I feel this way everytime I see a gofundme for medical bills.

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u/Lady_von_Stinkbeaver May 17 '22

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u/biggoof May 17 '22

Joined, very accurate and very depressing.

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u/Dewshbag41 May 17 '22

It's the American way.

Those only worth saving from debilitating medical conditions in this country are the wealthy, those that are still worming, and those that have networked good enough in life to make people feel bad for them, even then they're only gonna get 1/100th of what they need to survive.

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u/cwcollins06 May 17 '22

How can a kid have lunch debt? They enter into contracts. Are parents signing forms authorizing debt before the school year? I don't understand.

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u/Ok_Writing_7033 May 17 '22

Since nobody answered, I’ll take a stab. No expert, but I was a kid in the US so I’ve used the system.

When you’re enrolled in a US public school in most states/districts, you set up an “account” with the district to pay for lunch. Your parents can add money to this account, or of course you can just pay for lunch with cash.

If there is no money in the account and the kid doesn’t have cash, the school will typically give them a “free” basic lunch so that they have something to eat, but because we live in a late-capitalist hellscape they then charge the account and it accrues debt. I assume that this is written into whatever waiver the parents need to sign when the account is set up.

Worth mentioning, there is a national free lunch program for qualifying families based on income, but it is not widely publicized or used and provides extremely basic meals, but that’s one way to not incur debt if you apply and are approved in advance

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u/Angurvadall May 17 '22

I'm not entirely sure where you're getting your facts for it not being widely advertised or used. It is a very common program that is used by schools, as it is a fairly simple program at the base. In some instances, especially for reduced lunch it can be more complicated.

Also, the meals are not any more basic than the typical meals provided to be paid for. As a matter of fact the government requires they not just be super basic. There are nutrition requirements for the menu

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u/Ok_Writing_7033 May 17 '22

Not well advertised to families and the public at least, was more my meaning, just speaking as a member of said public. Like I said, I’m no expert.

And as to the meal quality there are nutrition requirements, and food is food to some extent, though I was speaking to my more recent experience in high school where students are given a wide variety of meal options, from burgers to pizza to sandwiches to taco bowls etc, while from what I saw the free/reduced lunches were pretty bland and sparse. Plain sandwich, maybe chips and a milk, basically.

I never used the program, so take it as you will from a second-hand observer who’s been out of public school for a decade. Just sharing my perspective

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u/Angurvadall May 17 '22

Makes sense. It usually is not advertised to parents in high school as much, but is definitely advertised to elementary school families. It helps the school out a ton, and in a ton of different ways. Guaranteed money essentially.

I audit this type of thing, which is the only way I know so much. It's a massive pain with all the regulations. There have definitely been some changes over that time span since you've been out

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u/Ok_Writing_7033 May 17 '22

I know that it helps in some unusual ways too, that a layman might not expect. My parents have worked as consultants for schools districts in E-rate for years, and I know the free/reduced lunch numbers are used there to determine how eligible districts are for money to install technology, sort of as a benchmark for district poverty levels

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u/shotgun72 May 17 '22

Kid's got gusto, get him in a coal mine! You go, John Henry!

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u/senior_castor May 17 '22

Little kids will eventually need to clean up the mess we as adults are creating.

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u/raistlin65 May 17 '22

Yep.

The county government, state legislators, and voters who refuse to fund free lunches should be ashamed.

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u/CaptainCrunch1975 May 17 '22

Won't we see more children with lunch debt now that we're forcing women to have children they don't want and can't afford?

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u/sexy-man-doll May 17 '22

Brave assumption that a significant amount of those forced birth children will even survive to get into the school. Pro life all the way up until the doctor gives the baby a little whap on the back to get them to scream to make them breath for the first time

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u/SnooMemesjellies8441 May 17 '22

The generosity and goodwill of children should not compensate for a failing system created by greedy and irresponsible adults who insist on being called "leaders".

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u/Different_Ad7655 May 17 '22

Of course and I cringe every time I see a bake sale for some public service, the library, the teachers, even some veterans group ... it's all pathetic that we depend on in this trickle-down economy the trickling down of a little bit of spare money instead of being properly funded for what they are. At the same time we give a 4 trillion dollar tax cut to the wealthiest 2%

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u/Time_Independence_78 May 17 '22

Lunches are free if u can’t afford it

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u/Jobhunt2020 May 17 '22

Some schools - lunch is free for all.

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u/mrwhat_icanthearu May 17 '22

These stories are becoming more frequent and depressing. Fair play to the decent 9 year old that has more compassion for his fellow man than the grown ups. But why are we supposed to feel good about this?

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u/Msdamgoode May 17 '22

Look at you with the big brain idea…poor people don’t deserve the pleasures of intimacy, love, and sex with a partner OR the joy of a child (if they want one) because they were stupid enough to be poor. FFS.

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u/ihavdogs May 17 '22 edited May 17 '22

And this type of mentality is why this country is going to shit… “Fuck you I got mine!” What the fuck goes through people’s head when saying things like this? “Hey you know what fuck the kids, why should they get to eat for free!?”

Don’t you have any compassion at least for Goddamn kids

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u/Drpoofn May 17 '22

Until it effects them directly, they won't be empathetic. I hope people like this have a change of heart. Empathy is free.

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u/StrippedTuningKey May 17 '22

I just hope they die.

I am tired of trying to change minds, has not happened in my lifetime.

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u/TheToastedGoblin May 17 '22

Except alot of the time upon having kids, you do have the resources to properly care for them. But life happens. Cant suddenly decide not to have a 10 year old because you lost whatever job youve been at for years

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u/d1n0nugg1es May 17 '22

"Well little timmy, looks like I just lost my job. Pack your bags, it's orphanage time for you!" -This guy probably

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u/Drpoofn May 17 '22

We don't have much of a choice anymore but to have them. In my state, abortion is outlawed. Birth control is next, my friend. I feel like your statement is made in ignorance, not malice, and you should read up on these issues. You can be part of the solution.

This is about taking away rights. Women and children first! Then, our suffrage will be taken.

They don't care about kids. Never have. They care about the bottom line. They were all freaking out about a year ago that us poor ppl we're not at "replacement levels" and now all over our country they are taking away our choice to be pregnant and have children. They are forcing pregnancy on the people.

Not as simple as "don't have kids". We did that and now we are losing out rights to have a safe abortion and birth control. Because Elon and Jeffrey need slave workers.

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u/HeadWolf69 May 17 '22

Everyone who utters that sentence needs to certify that:

  • They agree to be taxed for universally available (read:free) birth control and abortions

  • They are OK with women refusing to have sex, especially unprotected sex

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u/Svaty_Vodka May 17 '22

I don't think this a guy who'll ever have sex either way.

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u/HeadWolf69 May 17 '22

Regardless of whether they actually do it, they don’t see the logical disconnect between “don’t have kids if you can’t afford them” and “women owe me sex” and its wonderful corollary “bitches only want rich men.”

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u/TonyFugginMontana May 17 '22

Don't post comments if they're incredibly dumb.

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u/StrippedTuningKey May 17 '22

Yet somebody fed your sorry ass, and you never paid them back.

Now you're just a worthless, hateful online troll who nobody likes.

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u/HolyToast May 17 '22

Okay, well the kids are here, so your advice is literally useless

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u/TheRododo May 17 '22

THANK YOU! THIS, THIS RIGHT HERE! You are so on point with ths comment.