"The Calendar Game"

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I'm just wondering: 

Do any of you notice any deterioration in student and parent energy at your school towards the end of each month, or any marked improvements just after a new month begins?  Do any of your schools do things differently towards the end of the month because of food issues? 

This Reuters article describes the steep increase in the use of food stamps and other public benefits over the past few years, and the struggle many displaced working families face making it through to the end of the month.

At WalMart and CostCo and other stores around the country, families line up waiting for their benefits cards to be filled electronically at the stroke of midnight.  Most benefits are used up within the first week of each month.

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  • More students at our CPS school are coming in for breakfast. It is sad to see their mothers' hunger, but adults are not allowed to eat for free. At lunch time, more students are asking for a second helping, which we cannot give. We had more qualify for free lunch and homeless students this year too. Students are not just hungry at the end of the month--it is everyday. Mondays and after holidays are the worst. Glad we did NOT do universal breakfast--only cold meal with that. These kids need a hot meal for lunch AND breakfast. With Track E, no food for 3 weeks - sad.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Is there anything a "civilian" can do to help these kids over holiday break? It's horrible that so many will wind up hungry.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Donate to a food pantry now. Olive Branch Mission do a good job.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Thanks.

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