Meal smokescreen (snipped)
Perhaps school meal programs could make a difference if they were part of a comprehensive and effective anti-poverty strategy that enabled families to meet their basic needs (Time For Schools To Fill Bellies And Minds – Aug. 29). Otherwise, meal programs are simply another smokescreen allowing us to feel good about feeding hungry kids and implicitly blaming their parents for their irresponsibility.
Research studies have shown repeatedly that parents do everything in their power to prevent their children from going hungry, even sacrificing their own needs. Childhood hunger is a sign of deep poverty. If we really cared about our children, we would ensure that they and their families could live in dignity, with the resources they need for food, shelter, clothing and social inclusion.
Elaine Power, associate professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston