|Summer Servings program in Indianapolis, anyone?|
This comes from my friend Walt: Irony – Defined
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever, to 47.5 million people.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U. S. Department of the Interior, asks us: “Please Do Not Feed the Wildlife.” Their stated reason for the policy is because “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”In the great city of Indianapolis, the simple request of the National Park Service is going unheeded[Program seeks to fill meal gap while students out of school, FOX 59 Indianapolis, June 3, 2013]:
Indy Parks, area schools and churches are taking part in the Summer Servings program, which offers free meals to children while school isn’t in session.
“We know how many students during our school year depend on us for breakfast and lunch and so we’re concerned that those children especially have access to food during the summer, so we’re excited the Summer Servings program will be offering breakfast and lunch at a number of sites throughout the summer,” said John Althardt, spokesperson for Indianapolis Public Schools.
There are more than 200 serving sites in Marion County. The only requirement is that students be 18 years old or younger.
“The Summer Servings program provides free, nutritious meals for children during their summer vacation, all summer long,” said Maureen Faul with Indy Parks.
According to the most recent hunger study from Feeding America, more than 20 percent of children in Marion County are considered food insecure, meaning they’re not sure where their next meal will come from.
“Hunger is a huge problem and it’s something I think a lot of people just aren’t aware of,” said Faul. “We have great supporters in our community who make food available to children and adults, but make no mistake about it, hunger is a real issue. It’s a real issue during the school year and that’s why we’re so concerned and we want everyone to be aware of the Summer Servings program during the summer months.”
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and students from IPS School 27 will officially launch this year’s program and Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 17th and Broadway streets at 10 a.m. Monday.
You can find a Summer Servings location near you by calling 211 or visiting summerservings.org.
Summer Servings program fails to take National Park Service advice to heart
So a large percentage of the IPS K-12 public school population will be able to eat for free all year around!
It's important we remember the words from Vickie Carson, who sent out a press release regarding feeding etiquette for those visiting Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky (courtesy of the National Park Service):
(MAMMOTH CAVE, Kentucky - August 27, 2012) Wildlife reminder: look, enjoy, do not disturb, do not feed!
"Just because animals are nearby doesn't mean you should try to get closer or try to feed them," said Vickie Carson, the park information officer. "The deer at Mammoth Cave are a good example. This summer in particular we have talked to many people caught in the act of holding a cracker or cookie out to an approaching deer."
The fact that feeding wildlife is a citable offense is one reason not to do it; for those convicted, it carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.
There are other reasons which form the basis for the law.
Why is there a law that prohibits disturbing or feeding wildlife?
· Nutritionally, it is bad for the animals. Human food can make wildlife sick.
· It interferes with an animal's ability to forage for its own food. Animals can become dependent on humans.
· Wildlife fed by humans can become nuisance animals, breaking into tents, cars and homes. Rangers trap, move and sometimes kill nuisance animals.
· It makes an animal an easy target for poachers. The deer that linger near the park roads this summer may be killed by poachers in the fall. (Hunting is not allowed in the park.)
· Animals that expect to receive food from humans can become a safety hazard. Some animals carry diseases that are very harmful to humans, like Lyme disease and hanta virus.
"In the long run, a moment's pleasure of snapping an extreme close up or having a deer eat from your hand can be detrimental to its health and well-being, and even lead to its destruction," added Carson. "It is not a humane act."
Just think of all the Disingenuous White Liberals (DWLs) and Crusading White Pedagogues (CWP) rushing to have their picture captured serving food to the almost entirely non-white clientele of the Summer Servings campaign in Indy... sure, it might be worth a short-term boost in their white people's self-worth (helping poor, helpless non-whites), but once the non-white population grows too large, those white people will be democratically voted out of office.
This program is not a humane act.
It leads to all of our destruction.