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Heartland Institute Research Fellow Joy Pullmann today discusses the expansion of the federally funded free school lunch program to families that don’t need it on “Fox and Friends” This program, which will be implemented nationwide next year, is costing tax payers today in 11 states $16 million. With federal school lunch programs already at an all-time high of $11.6 billion per year, school districts can now enroll all their students if they choose, even though the majority of families can provide lunch for their children.
The problem Joy sees with free lunches is that although it provides for poor children it is obesity not a lack of calories that is missing in their diets. Joy then points out the reason the federal school lunch program exists (and continues to expand) is because it’s a sop to big agri-business. This, in turn, raises both the cost of food for everyone — including the poor.
Watch the video below: