School lunches solve prob­lem

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

As a child of nine when the Se­cond World War ended, many peo­ple had starved or were at least de­prived of ad­e­quate nour­ish­ment. Food was scarce. For­tu­nately my fam­ily did not suf­fer. When school din­ners, as we called the lunchtime meal, be­came avail­able in schools many chil­dren then en­joyed a daily hot meal. I tried this free meal only once and de­clared it hor­ri­ble. We were also pro­vided in school each day with a pint of milk, a wel­come ad­di­tion to their al­ready mea­gre diet. Why not in­sti­tute this prac­tice here.? Dairy farm­ers would be happy.

For one en­tire year I would eat noth­ing but Heinz baked beans (I still like them) af­ter an op­er­a­tion that af­fected my taste. The doc­tor as­sured my par­ents this was a good choice on my part since beans were nour­ish­ing and are still rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive. I did not see an or­ange un­til I was 10 years old. Ships had vi­tal car­goes to de­liver, and fruit was not one of them.

My ques­tion is that long ago in a post-war era in Eng­land when food ra­tioning still ex­isted, school chil­dren did not go hun­gry, so why in this day and age of plenty are some chil­dren go­ing hun­gry in our com­mu­nity? Surely there are ways to pro­vide enough food for ev­ery­one.

Our school meals in Eng­land were free, govern­ment-spon­sored no doubt. Hav­ing worked here in both fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments I wit­nessed ter­ri­ble waste of re­sources in both ar­eas; their fund­ing would bet­ter have gone to more wor­thy causes, feed­ing chil­dren for ex­am­ple. Ap­par­ently a meal is avail­able in some schools and I hope that all P.E.I. schools can make food avail­able to stu­dents if the need is there.

It is shame­ful that this has not hap­pened as yet? Hi­lary Prince, Strat­ford

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