I hope that Jeanette Jaquish’s letter (July 21) about offering free meals to the kids at FWCS is born of lack of understanding and not plain mean-spiritedness. Children are at the complete mercy of the adults who surround them. Teaching kids to make their own meals is fine, but the adults in many kids’ lives are too unstable to do so, regardless of their income bracket. Whether they don’t have food in the morning because they are too busy, too poor or too unstable does not matter. Breakfast is essential to developing brains.
Making sure that as many kids as possible eat before and during school is a smart decision for FWCS. Kids who eat a nutritious breakfast and lunch are better able to sit still, pay attention and learn. This results in better test scores, stronger enrollment and better funding for the schools, which benefits all FWCS kids. Better-educated kids result in a stronger workforce and rising level of education and stability for our community.
When Jaquish is old and possibly unable to care for herself, whom would she rather have taking care of her: people who learned at an early age that if you need help that’s your tough luck or people who learned at an early age that we are a community and we take care of our own? A rising tide raises all boats.
KRISTIN STARK HUFF