PLEASE DON'T EAT THE GOVERNMENT CHEESE  11:45 am December 19, 2012

Missouri School District Busy Being Awesome at Being Horrible to Poor Kids

by snipy

actually there totally isSo, let’s say you’re a lunch lady. Lunch person, whatever. Just go with it. Now, let’s say you’re a not-gender-specific lunch person working in Missouri. Still with us? Now, because you’re in a red state, you have a ridiculously high percentage of poor kids going through your lunch-scape. Let’s say you’re doing your lunch-providing in, oh, say, Webster school district, where a remarkably sad 45.8% of the kids coming through your lunch line are too poor to afford lunch and have to eat the entirely non-complete-meal that poor kids get*, which appears to be a cheese sandwich and a carton of milk. (Dairy is good for you shut up you don’t need anything else). Having fun yet?

Let’s further postulate, Wonkettonians, that you think feeding poor kids inadequate food in front of their peers, thereby starving them AND making them feel singled out, is a bad idea. What would you do? Perhaps you’d do the right thing and FEED THE KID THE REGULAR GODDAMN LUNCH:

Dianne Brame gave free hot lunches to a fourth-grader for two months after his eligibility ran out, KSDK reported. Brame said the child’s mother doesn’t speak English and might not have understood the paperwork involved for the compensated lunch program.

The child was supposed to be “reduced” to a cheese sandwich and carton of milk for lunch. But worried that he might be teased by other children for the paltry meals, Brame continued to feed the child the normal menu at Hudson Elementary School.

Dianne Brame sounds pretty cool, yes? Just the sort of lunch person you fancy yourself to be, all poor-helping and such. So, of course she was rewarded for her good behavior, right?

One of her co-workers reported her to Chartwells, the food service vendor for the school, and Brame was given the option of being “demoted and transferred” or released from her employment. According to MSN, she “could not work at another school because she walks to work” since losing her car after the death of her husband last spring.

YOU GUYS THIS IS LIKE AN AFTER-SCHOOL SPECIAL PLOT WHAT THE HELL. First she feeds the poor kid. Then one of her coworkers, who yr Wonkette likes to imagine is twirling his mustache in a dastardly fashion, reports her to the evil for-profit food service vendor (whose motto is, no lie, “eat, learn, live.” please go look at their website now because it is ridiculously sincere and full of large pix of vegetables). Said evil for-profit vendor promptly fires her. She is offered another position but can’t get there because walking to work because no car because husband died.

Good Lord Chartwells and Missouri and Webster Public Schools you are kind of awful. It is like you are in a race to see who can be more awful! Guess what? YOU ALL WIN. Know why? Because some or all of you are just stone cold misusing federal funds that are supposed to help the poor kid we started talking about ages ago before the jump. Allow, if you will, a moment for yr Wonkette to get downright wonky. You see, there are nutritional requirements for school lunches. Period. Remember the food pyramid? Now there’s the food plate, or pie. We’re not sure what it is, actually. With the new plate/pie/simon game from the 1980s graphic, kids get healthier food, like whole grains and fruits and veggies offered every day. Now, if one is a child of the poorer persuasion, does this mean you get unhealthy food, or no food? NO! You get a goddamn well-balanced nutritional meal and the federal government reimburses the school. SOCIALISM IS ALREADY HERE BITCHES.

There’s a silver lining here for Ms. Brame, as she was ultimately rehired but only on the condition she attend conflict resolution classes with her supervisor (WTF) and has been briefed on “official policy”  - which is that poor kids get the crappy cheese/milk lunch they are not supposed to be getting. Everyone in this story except awesome hero lunch lady and sometimes-fed poor kid sucks.

*Is this legal? In fact, it is not! But surely this is the kind of “illegal” for which there are no consequences, right? Actually, there are (!). The state department of education can take back the misused funds on behalf of the feds! Would Missouri do this? Eh, probably not because “Missouri.” You can’t have kids growing up thinking lunch is free.

[New York Daily News/Gawker]

 

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{ 219 comments }

ManchuCandidate December 19, 2012 at 11:48 am

Trickle down, my ass. The only thing trickling down here is tears.

freakishlywrong December 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

So, Friday Wonkers?

Kitty_Sanchez December 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Fuck it. I'ma start drinking now.

freakishlywrong December 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I'm speaking of the Mayan calendar. Not such an awful fate after reading shit like that..and cheers, I'ma right behind you.

finallyhappy December 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

that's right- America deserves the apocalypse- I am constantly sad and angry at what I read about things like this. There are the good people but I think the bad outweighs it (I am no Anne Frank) so evil aliens- come and destroy us and use our people to feed your livestock

zerosumgame0005 December 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm

toke for FREEDOM, toke for health, toke for a dammed good time!

ttommyunger December 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

Fuck me running! Once again I am embarrassed to be a human being.

glasspusher December 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

"Don't give the kids more gruel! WTF?!?"

Lascauxcaveman December 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Okeydoke, here's the rest of today's menu:

Saltines
Tang
Shit Sandwich

flipdraw December 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Sweet, nourishing gruel!

Joshua Norton December 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

Please, sir. I'd like some more.

actor212 December 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

"Are there not cheese sandwiches?"

BaldarTFlagass December 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

I'm sure it's not really a "cheese" sandwich, but actually "orange-colored cheese food."

glasspusher December 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

"cheese food product*"

*contains not less than 5% cheese

actor212 December 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Velveeta, the Cheese That Would Not Die

glasspusher December 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

"I hear in America, they got cheese in aerosol cans!"

zerosumgame0005 December 19, 2012 at 10:39 pm

well, a cheese-like substance anyway

SuspectedDemocrat December 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Ceci n'est pas une cheese

Lizzietish81 December 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

J'ai de fromage sur ma tete parce que le magnetephone ne chant pas.

BTWBFDIMHO December 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm

One nation under gouda.

Buzz Feedback December 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

"Kinder, gentler machine gun hand …" etc., etc.

FraAnima December 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

She puts the kid away, going to get a hit…

BaldarTFlagass December 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch—-unless you own a yacht in Newport Beach.

LesBontemps December 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

That's a free launch.

Spurning Beer December 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm

They call it a "luncheon."

orygoon December 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

Sorry, but he wasn't twirling his mustache. I've been to Missouri, and there are no mustaches in Missouri.

Oblios_Cap December 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Show me.

dr_giraud December 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

OK, howzabout "he pawed his mullet" ?

littlebigdaddy December 19, 2012 at 11:53 am

Yeah, but it's ok cuz Anchor Baby!!!!!!!111111

freakishlywrong December 19, 2012 at 11:53 am

Who does this to little kids? What's the point in shaming them on top of starving them? Fuck this shit sideways.

BaldarTFlagass December 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

Maybe they'll get lucky and some wacko will come to class and shoot them.

Lizzietish81 December 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Maybe next time they'll make a better choice and be born into a family that can afford them.

BaldarTFlagass December 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

I wonder if they at least get to put some Grey Poupon on their cheese sandwich.

LesBontemps December 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Sounds like Chartwells would love to Poupon it.

mrpuma2u December 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

French condiment libelzzz!!!!

BTWBFDIMHO December 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

If they have no food, let them have a Venn diagram.

Lascauxcaveman December 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I dunno, that sounds kinda foreign, and espensive.

Crank_Tango December 19, 2012 at 11:55 am

This wouldn't have happened if lunchladies were packing nines under their hairnets.

JustPixelz December 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Hairnets? This is Missouri we're talking about here.

freakishlywrong December 19, 2012 at 11:55 am

And who doesn't fucking love lunch-ladies? They rock.

BaldarTFlagass December 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I dated a stripper who had aged out of her career field; since she really had no other job skills she ended up as a lunch lady. She told me about doing the same thing as Ms Brame above for some of the poor kids, and even though Chartwell was contracted out to the school district, did not get (caught?) in trouble; in fact she now runs one of the biggest HS cafeterias in the district. Truly she rocked.

DemmeFatale December 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I was at a show in Vegas, and when one of the audience members was revealed to be a lunch-lady, the crowd went wild.

SorosBot December 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

"Remember the food pyramid? "

No; I'm old so I remember the four food groups, none of this shape-based shit they use for the kids today.

LesBontemps December 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

The food pyramid didn't last nearly as long as the stone pyramid, that's for sure.

eggsacklywright December 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Is that one of those things where the food at the top gets to keep everything?

JustPixelz December 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm

the meat grinder group, the peanut butter group, the chip group and beer

LesBontemps December 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I always thought it was chocolate, pretzels, cigarettes and beer.

Spurning Beer December 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Or the supermodel food pyramid: Tic-Tacs, rice cakes, and cigarettes.

glasspusher December 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Hamburgers, fries, coffee and donuts

Spurning Beer December 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I don't go that far back, but I remember Foodhenge.

mayor_quimby December 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

You see, the kids are too dumb today to memorize lists of groups, so just make a brightly colored poster with pictures of suitable food-like material.

glasspusher December 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

If a cafeteria worker gives a kid too much food in Missouri, the system has a way of shutting that down.

JustPixelz December 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm

well played, sir and/or madam

glasspusher December 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Thanks! I'll take “sir” (most days)

drbill0620 December 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm

The "Missouri Way" — brilliant!!

Oblios_Cap December 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your cheese sandwich!

WhatTheHolyHeck December 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

There's pudding? At least that has a few calories in it.

elviouslyqueer December 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I didn't bring you breakfast, 'cuz you didn't eat your din-din.

eggsacklywright December 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Cut the cheese and run.

Tommmcatt_Again December 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

A plague of hateful small-mindedness has descended on this country. Us this really who we want to be?

Lascauxcaveman December 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

In this case, it's not mere small mindedness, it s just pure corporate greed.

Chartwell management meeting: "OK, good news. With federal funds, the district has upped the school lunch budget to $4 million this year, we've got the contract and apparently the doesn't give a shit how badly we abuse the federal guidelines, so we're rolling in gravy on this one."

Feel better?

snowpointsecret December 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

This would be a much better place for the federal government to step in than chasing down people getting high in their spare time, wouldn't it?

Caradeloca December 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm

This system sucks, but the feds aren't providing enough money per child per meal to feed kids well. In NYC where many schools have more than 90% of kids on free lunch, the food for everyone stinks. The for-profits need to go for sure, but priorities need to change. A few well-connected charters have done better, but only because of corporate support which is unreliable. When there's a massive "reform" movement aimed at shutting down public education a call for increasing dollars for school lunches can easily be shouted down as more "tax and spend" and "government interference."

DaniloTifoso December 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

I hate this stupid country sometimes. Like right now.

Goonemeritus December 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

Wait they rehired the nice lady and the poor kid gets to continue eating a balanced meal. The only downside is the conflict resolution class, I say we make that right by sending the nice lady a fruit basket or flowers or a fruit basket with flowers. I’m in if Wonkette will take my donation.

Lizzietish81 December 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm

He's been put on the "free lunch" program.

I think that's the cheese sandwhich.

Also she's been rehired, but has to go to conflict training and be reminded of company policy.

Goonemeritus December 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

OK I reread the piece and your right, how about this we give her cash to buy herself a nice dinner in thanks for being cool and the rest she can use to buy the kid the full meal. My mother was a lunch lady for years after her kids were grown, and though she didn’t need the money she loved the job. It was a pretty well to do area but kids would come to school without the funds to buy a lunch mostly because every brain synapse they had was used trying to figure out how to get laid. My mother always bought their lunch for them out of her own pocket because she is Italian and kids should eat.

Angela Eloise December 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm

We could start a Dianne Brame School Lunch fund via Crowdrise.com. Money collected can be donated to her to use to buy lunches for the kids she sees every day who need help buying proper, nutritional lunches. Who better than the lunch lady to know who can most use the help? We know who she is, we know where she works, presumably we could find out where she lives. If we were to raise enough money, we could also give funds to other lunch ladies in other schools.

Goonemeritus December 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm

You’re the best, tell us where to send the money or do the PayPal—Edrix are you and your team interested in helping set this up?

drbill0620 December 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Your mom = cool…

Dashboard Buddha December 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I'm in.

finallyhappy December 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm

me too- how do we do it?

LesBontemps December 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

Who the fuck rats out a co-worker for feeding a child?

Freewayblogger December 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

Missourians apparently.

BaldarTFlagass December 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Actually, the behind the scenes activities of the lunch ladies at the school cafeteria are fraught with peril and psychodrama. Some of those servers would just plain cut an assistant manager bitch. (See my other post in this thread, from whence I know about these things).

Lizzietish81 December 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Someone who thinks the kid doesn't deserve decent food.

SorosBot December 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Now, be fair; it could be someone who had some personal grudge against Brame, and just decided that the poor kid was acceptable collateral damage to get her. Either way that person is a douchebag.

Theywontlisten December 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm

A Ratfucker

Rotundo_ December 19, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Good christian folks.

chicken_thief December 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

The most depressing thing about this article is that the poorz get separate but also too crappier food. WTF? You have no food at home 'cause you chose to be born into the poorz instead of a nice Romney family, so here, eat a fucking shit sammich to ward off the growling tummy.

YOU'RE WELCOME!!!

BTWBFDIMHO December 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

Those poorz may also need some legitimate outlets for their overestimulated glands. Can we increase property taxes to, never mind.

actor212 December 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

Oh for fuck's sake (sorry Cally)

Callyson December 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm

That's OK–it would be mean to keep all the fuck's sakes to myself. But yeah, what you said…

Mumbletypeg December 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

"More for The Me;
None for th' wee."

SorosBot December 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

But if you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding!

bikerlaureate December 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

An obvious solution to this problem would be bake sales, except that the "reduced lunch" kids would be salivating at all the baked goods.

At least we're all free in real America.
(sigh)

Kitty_Sanchez December 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

Good God, we're living in a Dickens novel.

Oblios_Cap December 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm

"Are there no prisons? Are the Union workhouses still there?"

"If they would rather die…they had better do it and decrease the surplus poplulation"

My God, you're right!

Beowoof December 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

For profit companies that provide services formerly provided by the government are run by profit hungry douche bags. More evidence republicans want suck every last dime they can from the government and then tell me how bad it is.
And really, having a special lunch for the poor kids that is worse than a regular school lunch. Now that requires some real effort and douche bag skills.

finallyhappy December 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm

School lunch is always shitty here. Whenever I am in Paris, I marvel at the public school lunch menus- even for pre-school(they don't call it that). There they have a separate cheese course- really- not a crappy sandwich as the whole lunch! Sometimes the cheese course may be a yogurt as I remember and the lunches have several courses.

actor212 December 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

Bobby: I'd like an omelet, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce. And a cup of coffee.
Waitress: A #2, chicken salad sand. Hold the butter, the lettuce, the mayonnaise, and a cup of coffee. Anything else?
Bobby: Yeah, now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules.
Waitress: You want me to hold the chicken, huh?
Bobby: I want you to hold it between your knees.

BaldarTFlagass December 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Five Cheesy Pieces?

Mumbletypeg December 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

*facepalm*

actor212 December 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I pitch 'em in, and he edam up.

UnholyMoses December 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

"SORRY

You've already voted on that comment."

Damn …

eggsacklywright December 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Ah, I see…early birf control, before aspirin was invented.

Gayer_Than_Thou December 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

Poor, hungry children eating slightly more nutritious meals without paying? This is just the tip of the socialist iceberg that awaits us once Obama gets done taking our guns away and sending our grandmothers to the death panels. It's just the kind of thing they do in Muslim countries where ACORN and the Black Panthers commit all the voter fraud they want, and everyone is forced into paying for everyone else's gay married abortions. USA!

finallyhappy December 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm

lucky me- I am the oldest generation left in my family so I guess I get the death panel-ok!

Severen13 December 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Food — it's not for lunch anymore.

eggsacklywright December 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

They're not lovin' it?

chicken_thief December 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Wow. Cheese sammich annnnd milk?! That's way too generous for one meal.

~ Sheriff Joe Arpaio

SuspectedDemocrat December 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

They make the poor kids eat it while wearing pink underwear.

Gratuitous World December 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm

at dispute resolution she was told to taunt the poor ESL students with, "That's Na-cho cheese Sandwich!"

Kid_Charlemagne December 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

You can never go wrong with the classics.

Oblios_Cap December 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm

No wonder all them A-rabs hate us for our freedoms. One of which is, apparently, to starve when there's food available.

actor212 December 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Yes, they are quite jealous, apparently

SorosBot December 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm

"There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it."

Remember, one of our parties actually nominated a candidate who doesn't think people are entitles to health care, housing, or even fucking food. Shitstain.

lefty74 December 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Mizzou sucks so bad they have been traced to the origin of the "tater in front" joke.

SayItWithWookies December 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm

This alleged "Missouri" place could save an assload of money by not hiring a contractor, making the food in its own kitchen instead of reheating processed crap that was trucked in from a thousand miles away and preparing fresh, edible meals. Because there's some shit the free market doesn't do well, and that includes providing for people who don't have much money. But no, they'd rather spend money on some KBR wannabe so they can make a website with pictures of good food and cases full of Wonder bread and Velveeta. Fuck this dogmatically free-market bullshit.

Serolf_Divad December 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

To be fair, if they'd fired me for feeding poor kids, those "conflict resolution" classes might not be such a bad idea, just from a preemptive standpoint and all.*

*Maybe if Jesus had conflict resolution classes he'd have kindly asked the money changers to leave instead of going all postal on their asses.

prommie December 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

You ever read up on what these new sniper rifles can do, from like a mile away?

Serolf_Divad December 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Horrifying, but don't worry about this kid growing up will all sorts of resentment against society and doing something unthinkable , because of it. If there's anything the last few decades have taught us is that being teased, bullied and otherwise ridiculed builds strength of character.

SuspectedDemocrat December 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Jesus would have been educated on the temple's official money-changer policies, and offered a transfer or reassignment.

finallyhappy December 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

also he would have never multiplied the fish and loaves

WhatTheHeck December 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Starve a stomach, starve a brain.
It's all part of the plan to keep each new generations stupid.
And man, is it working.

larrykat December 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Huh?

eggsacklywright December 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Hey shutUP.

Ow my balls.

Kitty_Sanchez December 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I grew up in one of the reddest red states and "free-lunch" kids (and there were quite a few, I'm sure) were never called out and never treated any differently, and we kids *understood* it was because it was way uncool to make them feel bad just because they were poor.

Is it like this *everywhere* now, or is Missouri just a hellish exception?

Kid_Charlemagne December 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I take it you have never been to Missouri.

freakishlywrong December 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

"I got maaaaaahhhhn"

SorosBot December 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Since some fuckwads brag about giving shit to people for buying their food with EBT cards, I'm afraid the shitheads are pulling this horrible crap everywhere.

larrykat December 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Probably bleeding over from Kansas.

Lizzietish81 December 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Must have been in the horrifying socialist days of Regan.

malsperanza December 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

My guess is that it's worst in prosperous northern suburbs. *coughColumbinecough*

Fare la Volpe December 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Try going through a grocery checkout with a roommate on foodstamps.

snowpointsecret December 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm

The ad for this article here is for the Pizza Hut Dinner Box. Cheese and bread, huh? Sounds like Pizza Hut is the real vendor for this school.

BigSkullF*ckingDog December 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Two more days. Just two more days and this will all be over.

mavenmaven December 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Because after that everyone will eat mayan burritos?

Theywontlisten December 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Oh please let it be true

glasspusher December 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I've seen people reduced to tears, but reduced to a cheese sandwich and milk? That's pretty severe.

sati_demise December 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Cheese sandwich and milk, tears included.

GorzoTheMighty December 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Are cheese sandwiches the precursor of soylent green?

larrykat December 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Sort of. I heard they are made from coagulated liquid cow effluvium.

GoodDogThor December 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Was the kid's name 'Oliver'? Did he plaintively ask "Can I have some more?". Sure sounds like 21st Century 'Murica = 19th Century Britain.

glasspusher December 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Nine o'clock mornings
Five o'clock evenings
I'd liven the pace if I could
Oh I'd rather have ham in my sandwich than cheese
but complaining won't do any good…

Oblios_Cap December 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Roy Rogers approved!

randcoolcatdaddy December 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Hmmm … methinks someone was pocketing some sweet Federal monies here.

mormos December 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

What?! Of course they weren't, southerners HATE federal interference of any kind. Gaw!

Lizzietish81 December 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

This is Missouri, the midwest.

poorgradstudent December 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Living in Missouri, I can tell you firsthand that Southerners (like me) say Missouri is the Midwest but everyone else says Missouri is the South.

largefooted December 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Its Webster Groves dipshits.

Read the fucking article.

PubOption December 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Which is not, by any means, the most deprived district in the St. Louis area.

largefooted December 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

41st wealthiest in the state of MO.

I dare say this rarely happens in the poor areas of the state

PubOption December 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm

In the deprived areas schools get shut down, and the students transferred to other failing districts. http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2012/09/18/normandy-s

VodkaGoGo December 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Waaaaahhhh!!!!

DaiMacculate December 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Yes, its very important we know exactly WHICH part of the "state" of Missouri this took place in. I'd hate to confuse one incredibly shitty area of it with another incredibly shitty area of it.

largefooted December 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Its very important for Wonkette to continue its increasing downward spiral of quality. Look back to its Missouri posts in '09-'10. Those were funny and quality. This is just shows that Wonkette follows the following process now:

Have Google Alerts for a bunch of words
Glance at the article.
Write something
Find pull quotes

No wonder the traffic is down so much they have to use the "One Weird Trick" adds.

DaiMacculate December 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

After having lived there for a significant chunk of the 90s and early 00s, I avoid all things related to Missouri, as it is a backwards hellhole from which seemingly nothing good can ever escape.

So no, haven't really noticed.

SuspectedDemocrat December 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

You forgot to include a crucial step:

drink

Lizzietish81 December 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Anal-retentive is spelled with a hyphen.

Spurning Beer December 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I spell it with a colon.

VodkaGoGo December 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Traffic is up. Read any article from 2 years ago and compare page views and comments. And have you seen our panties? We sell panties now. They're unsoiled which is a thing we have to work on but still, we have panties now.

Tommy1733 December 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

What do we want? PANTIES! When do we want them? NOW!!!

CrunchyKnee December 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

From St Louis to KC, nothing but shit for the eye to see.

BaldarTFlagass December 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Let's not forget Branson!

VodkaGoGo December 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Is that in the part of Missouri with all the billboards for adult bookstores along the highway? Oh, that's the entire state?

PubOption December 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm

The fundamentalists do put up the occasional billboard shrieking "Porn Destroys Lives".

BornInATrailer December 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Shit, I thought having to get checked off for the free/reduced lunch and/or stand in a different line was already humiliating enough when I was a poor kid. But a separate even sadder lunch? Wow.

MissTaken December 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I would like to see the fuckwads at Chartwells try to eat, learn, and live on just a cheese sandwich and carton of milk.

malsperanza December 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

They are fuckwad idiots because like so many Americans they grew up eating an exclusive diet of Kraft mini toaster pizzas, pop tarts, and Coke. If it weren't for the communists putting fluoride in the water, they'd have holes in their teeth to go with the holes in their hearts.

Boojum December 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Report them to the feds. USDA or ED.

DahBoner December 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Maybe God will cause the shelves above her head to collapse and kill this wicked lady with a 5 pound can of beans, like he did with the city of SODOM…

Ezekiel 16:49
"'Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy."

gullywompr December 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I've read quite enough shit about school children being wronged thank you very much. It's not that this stuff gets written, it that the stuff that was written about happened in the first place. Fuck everyone that thinks maltreatment of even a single child is an "unintended consequence", and fuck anyone who tries to fuck the hero lunch ladies that stand up for the kids. Fuckity fuck fuck fuck! Enough is enough.

Blueb4sinrise December 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Not even hobo beans?
Yeesh.

Hera Sent Me December 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Some people in this country suck.

wsbloodystump December 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I grew up in Webster Groves and the place is horrifying. I tell people I'm from Maryland now.

finallyhappy December 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm

we are a fine state-it is true- but tell people you are from Montgomery or Howard or even PG- not Harford or Cecil

HistoriCat December 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

Uh – Anne Arundel here. (I know)

larrykat December 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm

At least the poor lunch isn't, like, refried beans and tortillas… because Arizona has already spoken for that menu.

Erich December 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm

This is Missouri? Sounds more like texass. Beyond pathetic

mavenmaven December 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

All I can say is that I hate stool pigeons, and one can guess what that "informant" would have done under Stalinist or Nazi regimes.
On the other hand, respect for Dianne Brame.

not that Dewey December 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

"Starve the little children, and hinder them, for they deserve to be shamed because their parents are poor, probably from making bad choices."

-Supply Side Jesus

FraAnima December 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I assume this takes place in Winter's Bone, right? Why can't the kid just cook up some meth and make a few extra bucks for food? Capitalism rocks!

SuspectedDemocrat December 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Because they're bred and butter'd?

eggsacklywright December 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Bread in the bone.

elviouslyqueer December 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Two more days, Mayans. Two more goddamn days.

Theywontlisten December 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Those Mayans better not let me down

smokefilledroommate December 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I wish we had a cool lunch lady in our school, not 'Salt and Pepper Mustache' and 'Conestoga Wagon' as we called them.

UnholyMoses December 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Dear Gawker,

There is no such thing as "Missouri's Channel 5" because, you see, there is no channel for the entire fucking state. Thus, it would be "St. Louis' Channel 5" because that's the city in which the station is located.

I realize y'all probably don't make it out this way very often — and, with stories such as these, I fully understand why you don't — but it would be nice if you could do some basic goddamn research, such as going to the channel's homepage and noticing the "St. Louis News" at top. Pretty simple, really.

As punishment, you must go and make me a cheese sammich.

That is all.

finallyhappy December 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

ok- but people like me don't care- at all- Missouri is a blur when you live on the East Coast

Mumbletypeg December 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Boil that cabbage down, down;
Bake those biscuits brown, brown;
Kindness' stinks like commie pink's; let's
Hound 'em out of town, town

PopeEdgardo December 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

"You can’t have kids growing up thinking lunch is free." Hey, don't feed them anything and they won't grow up at all. Problem solved.

larrykat December 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I wonder what Abercrombie and Fitch would have to say about these "poor meals?"

SorosBot December 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

It's their models' weekly food allotment?

smokefilledroommate December 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Now there’s the food plate, or pie.

I thought those were the two lunch choices.

freakishlywrong December 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Did Jebus send the tornado through Joplin to punish them for this shit? If not, he's not a just God.

proudgrampa December 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Hey, it's Missouri.

Those assholes are going to hell.

TootsStansbury December 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I do not wish to live in this mean, uncivilized, selfish cuntry.

malsperanza December 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Bread? Check. Cheese? Check. Put some ketchup on that cheese and you got the vegetable and the fruit. All 4 food groups.

ridovem00 December 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Just wait… and it'll be all "surplus" milk Only, and !Buenos! No Cheese! ^..^

Estproph December 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm

"…non-complete-meal that poor kids get*, which appears to be a cheese sandwich and a carton of milk."
Years and years ago, in Missouri, I remember this as my school-provided lunch on occasion. It did have bologna, but otherwise, this was pretty common.

"…likes to imagine is twirling his mustache in a dastardly fashion"
I remember him too.

mormos December 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Obviously this is the kid's fault for being poor.

Theywontlisten December 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm

It's because the president is a nigg…. It's his fault for being a 1/2 nigg.. and it's the kid's fault for making the poor choices of being a poor and picking the wrong family . Personal responsibility you know? Oh yeah and fuck the snitch and the cafeteria tray it rode in on. Oh yeah and fuck "for profit" school lunch providers. The Mayans better do their thing and shut this whole fucking thing down in one way or another or fuck them too.

VodkaGoGo December 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm

So OT: it's still not clear if this gross thing popping out of my neck is cancerous or not so the next step is a biopsy and more waiting. I think maybe I'm going to spend some of my free time doing something new and truly worthwhile like pooping somewhere I've never pooped before and also maybe gambling like, a ton. Definately gambling a shit load sounds like a good idea.

finallyhappy December 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm

While I do not know your real name- I said a healing prayer(in Hebrew- because that is the only language God understands (- if he/she/they exist) using VodkaGoGo as the person to be healed. I figure if there is someone listening- they know who you are.

VodkaGoGo December 20, 2012 at 1:25 am

In real life I'm called Kevin Donally. Kind of a typical fat Irish dumbass name. Spelled in Gaelic my first name is like 14 letters long and includes way more G's than any literate person would expect. I appreciate the prayer, being prayed for in Hebrew somehow seems way more legit than father Ron at my parish.

sati_demise December 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm

genuine hemp oil cures cancer. this is the hash oil or honey oil- not the oil from hemp seeds. distilled from buds

VodkaGoGo December 20, 2012 at 1:50 am

So what would I do with that exactly? Like bathe in it or something? I'm going to skip that advice and listen to my doctor. I'm not ragging on you, it seems like genuinely well intentioned advice but also too I think if slathering hemp oil all over yourself or imbibing it or whatever cures cancer we would be talking a lot more about that.

jello_mold December 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm

VGG, hmm. Different. I;d try it but I can't plan ahead like some people. I just dress up and see who invites me to tag along to whatever. I am so sorry about you're having to wait. I hated waiting but I knew my lump was bad. I didn't want to talk to anyone but it kept me from getting too shit faced, so I hope you have somebody.

Let's invent a drink, call it VodkaGoGo and raise a glass to your health. Maybe pepper vodka and…? what do you think? Is there a recipe already?

VodkaGoGo December 20, 2012 at 1:36 am

I beat it once when I was a teenager but now with my rapid onset of middle age I'm not at all confident that I have the energy to fight it off again. But I've been in a rather dark mood the last few days and thankfully I'm feeling more optimistic again. It's good to feel normalish even when nothing is normal.

I think if there was to be a drink named after me it would have to be made with well vodka, perhaps infused with peperoncini and finished with lime and served over a few ice cubes. That is a drank I'd be proud to have named after me.

Tommmcatt_Again December 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Wow, butthurt much?

malsperanza December 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Also too, here is how wonderful Chartwells is:

"Chartwells is part of a huge, publicly traded international food services conglomerate based in the United Kingdom, the Compass Group, that reports annual sales of $9.3 billion. Chartwells provides the food each day for 2.5 million kids in more than 500 school districts across the U.S. "

Nice little article about a kickback procurement scandal:
http://grist.org/article/food-are-kickbacks-from-

zumpie December 20, 2012 at 9:31 am

I was waiting for someone to post some info about the extremely evvvvillll Compass Group. I worked for them for about a year in a different division–not one bit surprised by this article. They're probably the sleaziest company I've ever worked for (and working in hospitality, I know from sleaze).

It's another one of those companies filled with 2 types of employees: kool-aid drinking lifers and hapless dupes who stumble into employment. The lifers LIVE to tattle on the dupes.

Dumbedup December 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Ahh…and yet every sunday preachers across Missouri take to the pulpit and preach…christianity to the assembled….christians, who presumably elect officials who make these rules. These people would make Jesus puke, I'm pretty sure.

bearperney December 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Missouri to Kansas: "Your move!"

shelwood46 December 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Hey, remember a few months ago when some whiny baby upper middle class high school students were complaining that they couldn't survive on the new Federal school lunches of only 1000 calories?

Poor kids in Missouri should eat them.

revmatty December 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Webster Groves is considered one of the more liberal cities in the metro area. She could have been much worse off if she were further out in the county. That said Chartwells serves mostly low quality crap, not nearly enough fruit and vegetables are even more scarce. At least they stopped making chocolate milk the primary milk choice. It's not unusual for grilled cheese sandwiches to be the only hot option for breakfast.

outragedcitizen December 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

God, this story makes me so proud to be a Missourian!
Actually, I haven't lived there in sixty years and I swear to God I will never set foot in that miserable, backward, rush limbaugh-loving state again!

mustangsavvy December 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

“eat, learn, live. unless you are a poor kid: in that case eat and shut up about it or I'll give you something to cry about.”

Fucking hell this is awful.

docterry6973 December 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm

What would be the point of giving poor kids the healthy lunch that other kids get? The whole point of poorz is so we can punish them and humiliate them in a hundred petty ways for being poorz, and, so, no good.

I had short rations a few times in my childhood, and I didn't like it at all. Still don't.

jello_mold December 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Is this company a subdivision of Xe?

zumpie December 20, 2012 at 9:33 am

No, Compass Group—the food equivalent.

Steverino247 December 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I once had to travel to Missouri to pick up a kid whose relatives had put him in the local psych hospital. When I got there, I discovered it was the relatives who were insane, so I brought him back to California and he lived happily ever after. The end.

jello_mold December 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm

That is an awesome story! Good on you.

DemmeFatale December 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Is the "cheese" (I'll just bet!) and milk thing even legal?

redarmyzombie December 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm

You know, despite our problems here, I am sooooo glad I live in California!

drbill0620 December 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Supervisor calls out at the top of his lungs – "We need more processed artificial cheese product sammiches with yellow dye #3 down here. There's more poor kids in line."

"And make it snappy or I'll send you lunch ladies to conflict rez."

DocChaos December 20, 2012 at 11:27 am

A cheese sandwich and a carton of milk would be an improvement for my daughter, who manages to only eat the cheese puffs in her lunch most of the time, leaving me to throw out uneaten sandwiches when I pack her lunch the next day.

Walter_White December 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Sadly, this story reminds me of when I was a new teacher and was in the student lunch line on spaghetti day. I held my tray out for cheese and the lady dumped a teaspoon full on my spaghetti; I kept it there and jiggled it a little and she snarled "only one teaspoon". Afterward I realized why there was someone there rationing the cheese…because you only get one teaspoon, dumbass…

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