By coincidence, I was munching on my cheese sandwich lunch March 17 while reading The Bee article, "No free lunch," about the children who are forced to eat cheese sandwiches when their parents don't provide lunch money. True, I don't eat one every day, but I had a little trouble rousing up too much sympathy for either the kids or their parents.
Having to eat a cheese sandwich does not fall under my definition of cruel or unusual punishment. Having nothing to eat does.
I commend the schools for addressing the situation in what I feel is a humane and reasonable manner. If parents need more help than they are getting with free or reduced fee lunch programs, let them step up and say so and not stick their heads in the sand, leaving the problem on the backs of schools with thousands of children to provide for.