Plainfield Schools to Offer National Breakfast Program

Program will allow students who receive free or reduced-price lunches to get breakfast, too.

Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by District 202:

District 202 will serve breakfast through the national school lunch program at all of its elementary, middle and high schools by the end of the school year.

The District 202 Board of Education approved the additional service at its October 22, 2012 regular meeting. The new program will start at Plainfield South on Nov. 1, and will not cost the district anything.

Breakfast is already served ala carte at all four district high schools, said Angie Smith, assistant superintendent for business and operations. However, by serving it through the national school lunch program students approved for free or reduced-price lunch will also be able to get breakfast.

“Free” students would eat for $0, and “reduced” students would pay 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch. 

The new breakfast program will be rolled out over the next several months, starting with the schools with the highest need, and high schools first.

“This is another way to help our families who are struggling because of the economy,” Smith said.

Breakfast will be $1.60 at the high schools and $1.50 at elementary and middle schools. Menus and other communications will be sent to each building a week or two before service begins. 

Families can apply for free and reduced meals by visiting the district website (www.psd202.org) and clicking on “Parents and Students,” or through their home school. Families that have already been approved do not need to reapply.

Julie Ferenzi October 25, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I agree Sharon. This is the nanny state. And you are right, we are paying twice. In case anyone hasn't noticed the federal government doesn't have any money either. Everyone wants to jump on the band wagon and say that you are evil and want kids to starve just because you speak the truth, but isn't it really just common sense? Where does parent responsibility start and government intrusion end? I know I'm going to take all kinds of heat for agreeing with you Sharon, but I'm not apologizing for it. This isn't even about starving kids either, they are already getting a free lunch, it's about creating another new dependence on government.
Julie Ferenzi October 25, 2012 at 09:44 PM
It's being paid for by the bankrupt federal government. Either way, we still pay.
Tim October 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Julie, You don't seem to care that you have used your dependence on government to supply the internet for you(the land that brings it to your house is government subsidized), to use to voice your complaints about 'others' getting things for free. I'm sure you are just as vocal about you or your extended families mortgages being subsidized, which is actually a much larger amount of money than the entire LINK program uses. If you had to be truly self-sufficient, you would be dead in about 10 days. Only someone blind to the benefits they personally receive, could make such an asinine statement about others. Why don't you just admit this is about your views on class, and that you think your free gifts from the government are 'good', and everyone else's is 'bad'?
Julie Ferenzi October 25, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Tim, I pay for the things I use. Like the Internet... and my mortgage.
Jdub October 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Plainfield is not a poor community by any means. Sure, there are people that are less fortunate than others. There are also families that legitimately need financial help. But its not the district or the government abusing this its the parents that work around the system. But because of the way our system is setup the average family can take full advantage of all the handouts. What ever happened to pride and working for what you deserve? Ive seen pleny of parents drop of there kids in cadillacs, bmw's and other expensive vehicals but cant buy there kids lunch. But back to the breakfast.... I think its a great thing for the families struggling and need the assistance but it will benifit the parents that dont want to take the time to feed there kids and just drop them off and make it someonelses responsibility when they can afford it. 2 yrs ago my wife applied for some assistance bc of medical problems that lasted kver 2 years. Of course she was denied bc i make too much money. However i know families that both parents total more income than me and get all the handouts. My point is dont be mad at the district for trying to acommidate everyone. Be mad at the parents looking for a free ride.
A. Bragiel October 26, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Have you ever gone to school hungry? Speaking from expierence it's AWFUL!! Try learning when all you're thinking about is food. I would rather pay for breakfast than think that their are children who can't hear anything but their growling stomach.
Mom of 2 October 26, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Sharon, just to clarify, the students would come at their regular time, get their breakfast and then bring it to their classroom. At least that is how it is done in my district.
LMS October 26, 2012 at 12:53 AM
The article clearly states this program won't cost the district anything. Even if it did, I would gladly pay money towards feeding hungry kids breakfast. I personally don't identify as a Christian, but I want to make one thing perfectly clear--> None of the people finding excuses to begrudge feeding kids whose families meet the strict guidelines for "free lunch" better identify as Christians. If any of you do proudly shout out the tenets of Christianity when it suits your arguments (usually to deny other things to other groups), I strongly suggest you dust off your Bibles and see what the Gospels had to say about feeding hungry children. Forget rhetoric about nanny states, working the system, federal government, etc. The Bible says: Feed them. Period. Accept that, embrace it, or change faiths. No discussion. It's that simple. For the Christians & the non-Christians out there that are whining about this program, hope you never have to walk in these families' shoes. Do you people seriously want to deny hungry kids a yogurt and some graham crackers? I really hope some of you just typed a response to this article without thinking it through. It's too depressing to think people are this self-absorbed.
Julie Ferenzi October 26, 2012 at 01:10 AM
The same people are always right on here. I don't know why anyone else even bothers to comment anymore. I love how religion and personal convictions are always scrutinized when others don't live up to some peoples ideology.
LMS October 26, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I'm not sure how to interpret your victim tone. I personally rarely post anymore, but I think I'm right the same way all posters and people engaged in discussion think they're right. I assume you think you're right, or else you wouldn't have commented. I'm not scrutinizing anyone's religion or personal convictions. I'm making a basic, simple observation. Jesus said feed the children. Sounds like I might have struck a nerve, and I wish you luck reconciling your opinions on feeding hungry children with whatever your religious and personal convictions might be.
Julie Ferenzi October 26, 2012 at 01:39 AM
No, LMS. I think you are right. (and here we go with the "victim" thing again). You like to state things in such a declaratory tone that it must always be true. I think religion could have been left out of the conversation, but it's always easy to criticize, peck, and judge when you have the option of remaining anonymous. I'm sick of the Christian bashing on here. You have no idea what my religious beliefs or convictions are.
LMS October 26, 2012 at 02:14 AM
We all have the option of remaining anonymous. You chose to use your full name. I never use my full name on internet sites without privacy settings, but I do state my mind in person the same as I do on the internet. I find it odd when people share their full name in unprotected cyber settings, but to each his/her own. I don't understand the criticism about stating things in a declaratory tone. Should I state my opinions in an interrogatory tone? (Like this?) Should I be indecisive? Say things I don't think are right? You don't actually need to answer those questions. You and I don't communicate well, and I don't see this comment exchange going anywhere constructive. One thing, to be clear: I am NOT Christian bashing. The amazing, caring, giving Christians in the world might not be the loudest members of their faith but I like to think they're the silent majority and I'm grateful for all the contributions Christians have made to the world throughout history, and continue to make. I am criticizing hypocrites (the sin Jesus spoke out against the most often in the Gospels). If my guess that you identify as a Christian (based on multiple comments you've made on past threads) is incorrect, then...okay. That would be very, very surprising, but ultimately none of my business unless you choose to share that information, so whatever. Regardless, I stand behind all the opinions I've shared.
silentrippy October 26, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Here some of you are worried about social welfare. Why do all who are complaining about free lunches never say a WORD about corporate welfare this district has approved. Springs at 127th, Diageo expansion, and Aryzta have all received tax abatements from the Plainfield School District. Why do you continue to allow big corporations to get the 'tax breaks' by sitting back and saying nothing? Yet, it comes to $1.85 lunch and you throw a fit. Makes no sense and you should reconsider your priorities.
Julie Ferenzi October 26, 2012 at 02:36 AM
You fall back on the privacy/protection and that is fine. You have that right, but you also have the advantage of hiding behind all of your comments instead of standing behind them. I'm not sure how posting your name in an online forum could possibly cause you any kind of personal harm unless you are afraid your words could come back to haunt you, especially since the Patch only asks for your email address and a password, but like you said, you have that option. You also, if you look at past threads, have a history of being pecking away at people whom you do not agree bantering back in an argumentative way. If you are not Christian bashing why do you assume that the hypocrites needed to dust of their bibles... and quote Jesus? I am Christian and proud of it. And you do not know what what good deeds I have performed or done silently out of the goodness of my heart. You do not know what charitable works I have donated to, or what causes I support. This was a thread about feeding children in public schools in a fairly well do to community 2 out of 3 meals a day. It has nothing to with my religion, it has to do with the government, which has nothing to do with God due to the separation of church and state. My mistake on these comment threads is forgetting to turn off the notifications after I post.
Olddeegee October 26, 2012 at 02:51 AM
This is a good thing. Kids that aren't hungry can actually learn and then grow up to be productive individuals. Whatever this costs, and no matter who's paying if benefits us all. We need to stop being so short-sighted on education.
RB October 26, 2012 at 03:09 AM
You must be kiding! What a joke! So you are against feeding kids in need but you call yourself a Christian? I do not believe in hell but I sure hope I'm wrong.
RB October 26, 2012 at 03:12 AM
You are 100% correct. If we fail to educate our kids and feed them, we will soon become as bad of a place as any 3rd World country.
Julie Ferenzi October 26, 2012 at 03:24 AM
RB, I'm definitely not against feeding kids in need. Breakfast is a meal that had traditionally not been served at school. Parents that cannot afford to feed their kids at least twice a day and send their kids to school hungry will have already qualified for other social assistance. Again, Christian bashing. Seriously. You wish me to a Hell you don't believe in? Just because I have a different opinion than yours? I think The Patch needs to moderate these comment threads a little better. It always ends in insults and animosity.
RB October 26, 2012 at 03:51 AM
If you cannot understand how ironic it's to have you calling yourself a Christian and at the same time complaining about free meals to children in need, I'm sorry for you! It's just amazing how "religious" people are always the first here to whine about caring for the sick or the poor. Please notice that I have no kids attending the district, therefore I'm paying a huge amount of money to educate other people's kids. I also do not claim to be religious but I do understand that if we do not care for the kids we will soon be just as bad as China or Latin America.
silentrippy October 26, 2012 at 03:54 AM
You're worried about a breakfast but you allow the School District to hand out huge property tax breaks to major corporations? Prioritize people!
RB October 26, 2012 at 04:07 AM
I disagree with you on this one. It's true that they gave tax breaks to companies. But those tax breaks helped bring more income to the district. Getting 1% of 1 million is way better than getting 10% of nothing.
Julie Ferenzi October 26, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Feel sorry for me then, but I guess you didn't read the part where I mentioned that these families are already eligible for assistance based on their income if they qualify for this program. It is redundant in my opinion. I was also not the individual who made this a religious argument, and how that happened (and always happens) never ceases to amaze me.
Zaney October 26, 2012 at 10:17 AM
@Julie.....I read your original comment, understood your original comment, and you are corrrect. Don't listen to the others. If you are on here enough, you know to ignore them because their views are always the same. And don't stoop to their level and answer their comments.....not worth your time.
LMS October 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I understood her comment(s) also. Then I disagreed with them based on their content and the content of posts she's made in the past. Then I stopped responding when it became apparent she was too fragile to be disagreed with. I should be ignored because my "views are always the same"? Have I ever shared comparable views on this topic or any other? Basically what you're saying is to ignore anyone who disagrees with you. Every commenter has this option. That's preferable to posting comments that provoke responses, then getting upset when people articulate disagreement. If anyone on the Patch can't rise to the level of responding to dissenting opinions then yes, they should ignore those comments. That's great advice. Here's some more: Educate yourself on the requirements for the free lunch program, the percentage of families in Plainfield who currently use this program, the cost of the free breakfast program compared to the cost to disadvantaged family to stretch money they don't have and cover every aspect of daily living, and--if possible--actually meet or see one of these kids who comes to school hungry every day through absolutely no fault of their own. I don't mind paying change for these kids to get yogurt and graham crackers. You do mind? Okay then, but if you're too fragile to be disagreed with don't post on the internet.
Julie Ferenzi October 26, 2012 at 01:04 PM
LMS, I am not fragile, I just don't like you, or the way you shoot down everyone who disagrees with you in a know it all, condescending, high and mighty way. I also don't hide behind three letters as my name. It is in my opinion that people will always continue to behave badly when they are allowed to remain anonymous. You also harbor resent toward me based on previous comments on other threads? Your own words, "my views are always the same"? Have I ever shared comparable views on this topic or any other?" were used to judge me by your almighty standards. You disagreed with me based on my comments in the past? Do you keep score on all the Patch commenters on the Patch, or just me? I certainly hope you are taking your "change", and all of your ideology to the streets and volunteering at shelters, donating you time to the needy, and promoting these beliefs through action in the community... because just paying your taxes isn't charity, and debating people online isn't going to change the world.
LMS October 26, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Yikes. I don't dislike you. I don't know you, just like you don't know me. I've commented on chicken coops, pensions, cell phones, Strack and Van Tils...mostly threads where I haven't seen you participate. Your first paragraph makes no sense to me. I don't resent you. Sometimes I disagree with you, sometimes I don't. I see your name and associate it with republican, Christianity, real estate (honestly don't remember why), and a strong sense of family based on past threads. I suppose the Christianity guess comes from that disgusting abortion sign thread. Keep score? No. To reiterate, we are strangers. On top of that, I'm busy. Anyone who's currently job hunting or plans to in the future would be wise to watch what could/would come up in a real name google search. That's not hiding, it's being intelligent. If you don't plan to job hunt again ever, I envy you and wish you joy on using your real name all over the internet. I've confirmed that our sons know each other, so I'm guessing one day we'll meet and you can tell me in person how awful I am. I don't have a sweeping opinion about your entire personality since I don't know you. Your original comments on this thread struck a nerve, and I responded. What you are doing to me now is actually a "personal attack", the sort of thing you condemn and wish to see monitored, but frankly- I don't care one way or the other. I write this off as two strangers strongly disagreeing on social services.
silentrippy October 26, 2012 at 02:29 PM
RB - You are extremely naive if you think that every business and builder will build outside this school disctrict to get a tax break. What do you think every new business is going to ask the district now that they are setting precedent? The district will eventually lose millions while they raise the property owners rates annually.
Julie Ferenzi October 26, 2012 at 02:56 PM
You know what LMS, you made me think. You haven't changed my mind, but you made me realize something. I have a long career of making it a priority to be found online, both as a blogger... and yes, a real estate agent and also a photographer. I am always careful about what I say, and I try to be careful about how I say it. That said, I am also passionate about my beliefs and this was a lesson for me that didn't change my mind on the topic, but rather how I interact with others. The comment that our sons know each other made me think twice about how we all live in the same community and yet we all use this forum to say mean things to one another. Now, I still have no idea who you are, or if our paths may or may not ever cross in person, but if they did I can assure our interaction in person would have transpired much differently in a face to face situation, if it were ever even to come up at all. You are right I should not have said I dislike you. That was childish, and I am not too proud to admit a mistake. I was guilty of saying something to someone I would not have otherwise said in person as well. My best friend and I purposely chose to refrain from talking about politics and religion and we have been best friends since we were 3 years old, and that is 33 years and counting now. I guess I just realized that discussing politics and social issues with strangers is only good for one thing, and that is to argue.
LMS October 26, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Thank you for this courteous reply. My guess is that we both have very similar values, but sometimes arrive at those values from different paths. I wouldn't have stated my original response so ~black & white~! strongly if I'd taken some time to think first (which I should always do). Specific situations have led me to have very strong views on this subject, but I should either publicly comment with a clearly constructive purpose in mind or keep quiet. I apologize for offending and/or upsetting you, and I hope I haven't discouraged you from commenting on political and social issues in whatever way you're most comfortable with. We may disagree on some things, but it's always though provoking to read dissenting views written intelligently and articulately. Whether we ever meet or not, I wish you well.
Julie Ferenzi October 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM
LMS, what were the chances? LOL... our sons would have to be such good friends, right? Well, you have a wonderful son, he's one of my favorites of all of Mark's friends. Well, we might not have the same ideology but we both have raised a nice family :o)


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