A Matter Of Opinion

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2008, 3:53 P.M.

Letter: School lunches

(...) Several years ago, I was a school administrator when the head of food service contacted me. Her job was to have families prove their income in order to have their children stay in the program. The results shocked me. Three families were checked at random. Only one of the three families sent in the proof. The other two sent nothing in and were dropped from the program. What bothered me was the extremely low percentage of families that were checked. Why doesn't the federal government make every family prove their income?

If families can prove that they should be on the program, great. I'd be the last one to take food away from children. But everyone needs to go through that process. The savings could be huge. -- Rich Tschirgi, Spokane

I didn't go to a public elementary school and I don't have kids, so help me out here. Have you seen evidence of widespread abuse of the free and reduced-price lunch program?

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