Why are we paying for food stamps (EBT) AND school lunches? [Almost anything involving entitlements affects preparedness because many people on entitlements develop dependencies and a different sense on what is yours and theirs. Thos most in need are also priorities, not those who take care of themselves prior to an event.] In my state and others, the amount of money, per child, for food is considerable, more than most of us can afford to feed our own children. However, with the school lunch program there's subsidized, reduced priced, and even free lunches based on income. Then there's a breakfast program because some children aren't getting that. One major push for year round school is the free lunch and breakfast program. Now, in DC, they're doing a dinner program, and pushing for year round schools, so some children will be fed breakfast, lunch, and dinner, five days a week, year round and their parents still get EBT for the same children. The answer I got is because some parents don't feed the children even with the benefits and they spend it on themselves, getting other things, etc. This is, of course, in cases of multi generational welfare recipients who know how to work the system. Some who have real reasons for being on assistance don't know how to work the system, receive less benefits and need the help...the vast majority of those taking advantage, are literally taking advantage and that dries up funds for those who are struggling and did contribute. This isn't new. I remember a guy telling me about living on beans and rice and potatoes as a child, then figuring his age, and asking what happened to all the food stamps...I knew in Washington, for long-term people on public assistance who knew what they were doing, they had steak budgets. He explained it simply: His mother sold the food stamps for a pittance to get cigerettes and beer for her boyfriends. Happened then, it's happening now. Why are we taxpayers paying for the same meals twice? What do you think is going to happen with these people in a crisis and who do you believe is the priority for assistance when things go bad?