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Missouri State Representative Cynthia Davis Opposes Free Lunches for Poor Kids

Missouri State Rep: Do Poor Kids Really Need Free Lunches?

"Hunger can be a positive motivator."

— Missouri State Representative Cynthia Davis, responding to a press release from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on a Summer food program that provides “food during the summer for thousands of low-income Missouri children who rely on the school cafeteria for free or reduced-price meals during the regular school year.” According to Feeding America, one in five kids in Missouri often goes hungry. To watch Stephen Colbert's response,

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Lauriek Lauriek 8 years
It's not the government's job (taxpayers) to feed people. The government needs to ensure freedom so people can run businesses and give people jobs so they can feed their own children.
cheytown cheytown 8 years
I am truly disgusted by this woman's thought process, since when does she get to decide that someone else's children are not as important as her own (if she has any), how would she feel if her family or children went hungry. I am not sure what the positive motivation is, considering these kids can not go out and get a job to help pay for their lunches, why punish innocent children. I have a new idea, lets raid this womans pantry and garnish the amount of money she spends on food, put that towards the kids free lunches and that might motivate her to have a heart!
I assumed her Republicanism just by the statement.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I would throw my cat at this dumbass for saying such nonsense. When you've never had to deal with such a thing, you're lucky. But the lack of sympathy is a choice. It must be painful to watch your child go hungry.
arlyle arlyle 8 years
I'm a teacher who works in a school where over 70% of the kids get free lunches. Studies need food to concentrate!!! These kids aren't asking for free lunch to cheat the government, they just need to eat like everyone else. This woman does not deserve to be in government or any job that involves speaking in public. Shame on her.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I wasn't able to watch the video at work but yeah she's a tool. My Uncle & Aunt actually run a non-profit child care center in Missouri called Grannys House.
cakeshinigami cakeshinigami 8 years
This sort of nonsense is infuriating to say the least. This ignorant, stubborn woman didn't put any real thought into her statement, only her own political idealism. The reality is there will always be hungry children and we need to feed them, not turn up our noses and think they deserve nothing because they have no money. I totally agree that people should snatch food away from her if they see her eating...
staple-salad staple-salad 8 years
In response to the "Get a job!" argument. I have been looking for a summer job for three months. Visiting stores, going to job search websites, filling out applications. There are two openings right now. I have gotten one call, but they filled the position with someone else. I have 5 years of consistently working (volunteer) at the same place under my belt, and have a job with my university during the school year (one of the grittier "we hire everyone" jobs). One of the stores that told me "we're not hiring" has a girl that looks new behind the counter, a girl that I'm pretty sure comes from a well-off family, certainly a more well-off one than mine. Other places around here, I see filthy rich kids with summer jobs, and lower-middle class unemployed kids everywhere. Hunger isn't a motivator to get a summer job when summer jobs don't exist unless you're already rich.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Wow, in what universe did she think that statement would go over well?
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
This lady is an idiot. Does she know how hard it is to find a part time job right now in some parts of this country?
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Food, water, shelter - basic needs. Life is difficult without having to worry about things you need to thrive and don't have. And just because somebody is working doesn't mean they are eating "better" meals. In fact, food is often one of the first things to go when you have to decide between the lights staying on, a roof over your head, or food on the table. And what's to say that the children who can work (16+ years) AREN'T working, just because they can get a free meal? Food isn't the only reason people work, you know. How insensitive. Cynthia Davis should see what happens when you have a great group of people trying to make it who are starving. A lot of resentment and anger. If the state can help, it should.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I think children of unemployed parents should get vouchers. But if a family is just lower income yet working I'm not entirely convinced that government should be obligated to provide lunch vouchers for their children in that instance. Obviously there should be a level of income set where you'll receive benefits if you make below that amount and that's done through welfare and food stamps. The reason I say I'm not totally convinced they need it is because I grew up in a poor family. I was the youngest of six and I grew up watching my mother and grandmother put feasts on the table for a matter of a few dollars, so it can be done. Although my siblings and I are more well off than we were then as a family we still know how to eat cheap. I think part of the problem is choices our society is spoiled with food choice and we all to often confuse want with need when it comes to food. I'm all for paying for the (needs) of those who are temporarily unable to provide for themselves but not because they're tired of eating rice&beans and cheese sandwiches.
Phil Phil 8 years
Yeah, good ol' republicans. That's what people vote into office.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
This is the press release: Meals will be served at designated sites to children age 18 and under. Meals also are available to individuals’ age 18 to 21 that are determined by a state or local educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate during the school year in an established school program for the mentally or physically disabled. This is Missouri State Representative Cynthia Davis' response: Anyone under 18 can be eligible? Can’t they get a job during the summer by the time they are 16? Hunger can be a positive motivator. What is wrong with the idea of getting a job so you can get better meals? Tip: If you work for McDonald’s, they will feed you for free during your break. Eh, she's insensitive, but I slightly agree that if you come from a less than fortunate family once you are of working age you should get a job to contribute to the family. That's how it worked in my family and we weren't even close to being poor. She definitely sounds like an ass though.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I guess she means that in summer school the kids will work harder if they are hungry? it doesnt make sense....
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
A swift kick in the ass is also a great motivator. Where might I volunteer?
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Besides, motivator for what? To steal food because you are so hungry? To not pay attention to schoolwork because you cannot focus because you are hungry? Where is the sense?!
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I took part in the free summer lunches when I was younger, so I know firsthead how important they are. Shame on this woman for not seeing that.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I'm sorry I should clarify - representatives of the republican party are disappointing me lately. Not the entire party. They do NOT represent what the majority of the party stand for.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
the republican party is really disappointing me lately. I'm ashamed.
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
How mean! Personally, the free summer lunch & breakfast program at our school saved not only my parents a lot of hassle and money, but gave us kids a chance to see our friends and eat a good meal during summer months in which we may have had to fend for ourselves. Hunger is a motivator; a negative motivator! If someone is hungry all the time they're more likely to be easily agitated and do things like oh, I don't know, steal food.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
People in politics are just really screwing up more than usual these days.
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