Like Robert Fowler (Letters, Aug. 10) I worked in a school lunchroom in 1940 to earn my lunch and that of my sister. That was the year that the school lunch program was enacted. It's interesting that the draft for the Armed Services was enacted the same year. The legislation for the school lunch program has language that says that it is in our "national security" interests to feed children at school.
With a school enrollment of about 16,000 I think it would be difficult for the Kennewick School District to find 6,000 or so part-time jobs for kids receiving free or reduced price lunches. There are now child labor laws in effect, and children who receive the lunches at no or little cost are anonymous due to privacy considerations.
I have been active in public education for more than 50 years. I can tell you that hungry children do not learn well, so we have a choice: admit that as the richest country in the world we are too stingy to feed our children, resulting in people who will not be able to support themselves, or be generous and give our kids the best that we can for a strong nation.
LOUISE GUSTAFSON, Kennewick