I take advantage of it myself. I take my two kids to a local school and I sit there while they eat. And I watch the other kids come in, most of them alone, some shirtless, some with no sox and shoes, most with unkempt hair, and a few wearing long pants and long sleeve shirts on a hot summers day.
Usually I just sit there while my kids eat, but sometimes I pay the $2.50 it costs for an adult to eat. And I set there and watch the kids eat, and listen to them chomping on their food. And, I think, how cool this is that we have a government so cool that it provides such a service as this.
The free lunches are set up in three different regions of Shoreline, and in some of the urban districts around Shoreline. Some even provide free breakfast too. And funding is completely based on how many kids show up.
And, it is not the decision of a person in Washington to decide where to set up the stations, or how to dole out the money: these decisions are made by local officials, who know exactly where the poor kids are.
Oh, and they are also set up in areas where there are more likely to be poor kids who could really benefit from a free lunch, and the free lunch is close enough to where they live and play that they can walk or ride their bikes.
It's a good program because it does something wonderful, and it is well run.
I wish we could take other government programs that are intended to help people, and fix them up so that they are as efficient as this free lunch program.
I don't think people would think so poorly of our politicians if the government programs they created were efficient. And if it was proven by audit that a program was not efficient, these same politicians fixed the program so it was efficient.
If a program continues to fail to accomplish it's goals in an efficient manner, it should be scrapped, just as a failing business has to close it's doors when it is poorly managed.
The Free Lunch Program is a perfect example of an efficient government program.