Therapist and school counselor Thomas Kersting said today that he supports students going hungry in a New Jersey school district if their parents haven’t properly filled out the right paperwork and/or paid for school lunches.
Dr. Ronald Taylor, Superintendent of the Willingboro School District, wants parents to apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. If they do not, then the food is thrown in the garbage, noted My Fox Philly.
However, Dr. Taylor didn't mention if the child eats the food or if it's thrown in the garbage, either way, it's still a loss for the school district.
“I think it is misleading that the kids are going to be punished. We have more food than any other nation. You know, no kid is going to starve. You know, if one day a kid doesn’t have lunch, right, maybe that’s a teaching moment when that kid doesn’t have lunch. That may sound harsh saying that, but we’ve got to get people to start being responsible for themselves," Kersting told Fox & Friends this morning, noted RawStory.com (video below).
He did not mention that Americans throw away 40 percent of the national food supply every year, which wastes about $165 billion, according to a 2012 study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
"As a country, we're essentially tossing every other piece of food that crosses our path. That's money and precious resources down the drain," said Dana Gunders, a scientist with the NRDC's food and agriculture program, told Reuters.
A 15 percent reduction in losses in the U.S. food supply would feed 25 million Americans every year.