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.