Speaking of free lunches, Democrats in South Dakota would like to make sure that all that milk and pork our crony-socialist ag-industrial complex produces gets to hungry kids. Rookie Representative Kadyn Wittman (D-15/Sioux Falls) proposes House Bill 1221, which would provide free school meals to all K-12 students.
Wittman’s straightforward title to HB 1221 reads, “An Act to provide free school lunches for students.” However, I assume it would apply to school breakfasts, too, as HB 1221 revises SDCL 13-35-2 to prohibit school districts from charging students for “any meal issued through a school food services program.” HB 1221 directs the Department of Education to cover any food service costs that are not covered by the National School Lunch Program.
HB 1221 allows schools to continue charging grown-ups—i.e., school district employees and Department of Education contractors—to go through the lunch line.
Schools provide the healthiest meals that some kids get. And we all know that it’s tough to learn on an empty tummy. So if South Dakota can afford to throw millions of dollars in free money at wealthy ag-industrialists, it can afford to throw a few million more at schools to ensure that every child has enough to eat.
The co-sponsors of HB 1221 are all Democrats. No Republican has yet signed on to this simple measure to make sure all the kids their party deems so precious don’t go hungry at school. We’ll see if Representative Wittman can bring any Republicans to their moral and practical senses on Monday, when House Education hears HB 1221.