An article in the July 10 Frederick News-Post reported on free meals being served four days a week at eight Frederick County schools during the summer for those 18 and younger who qualify. Before continuing, I feel it necessary to provide the disclaimer that I believe in helping the less fortunate and I do by regularly supporting the Frederick Rescue Mission, etc. With that out of the way, here goes.
Part of the rub is that we are feeding an ever-growing number of other people’s children, and not only during the school year, but also over the summer. Are we alleviating the problem of hunger, or are we feeding dependency and in the process increasing the hunger problem?
Rep. Trone suggested the program be expanded (surprise, surprise) to include a Meals on Wheels type of program to those in rural areas. It’s not enough we are providing meals, but we should also deliver? Imagine the cost of purchasing/running a meal van. He also “hopes to secure more federal money for the program.” Not only should the people of Maryland pay to feed these children, but also taxpayers across the nation. The answer to our social ills is to expand government programs.
I counted 11 times the word “free” is used in the article, which also reported the state of Maryland is picking up the tab. I am interested in knowing the price of these free meals. We’ve been hearing the word “free” a lot lately from politicians: free health care, free college tuition, etc. Truth in advertising should require the label to be “subsidized.”
Apparently, it’s not enough we have social welfare programs to provide food assistance. Meals are being cooked up and served. Does it really take that much effort and resources to provide a bowl of oatmeal with raisins and an apple for breakfast, and soup and sandwich for lunch?
When those in government seize our money through taxation and give it to whomever they wish, whether we think it’s a good idea or not, that’s tyranny. When we voluntarily give our money, time and resources to help others, that’s charity.
The article concludes with an 8-year-old recipient exclaiming about the meal: “and it’s free.” His aunt replies: “And free is always fun.” I am troubled by the values being taught to these children — that government is there to provide for their needs, and best of all, it’s free. No, little ones, it’s not free.