Fox News gave airtime to a conservative activist named Joy Pullman of the Heartland Institute on their Fox And Friends show this week, and the subject was free school lunches for children who live in low income families.
And of course, the free lunch program was bashed by Pullman, who claims that it makes kids fat and that the program raises the price of food for everyone else.
However, as Media Matters reports, the program must meet strict nutritional guidelines and research has shown that the program makes it more likely that children who participate in it tend to not be obese and more likely to be receiving the nutrition that they need than other children are.
That didn’t stop Pullman from saying the opposite, of course…
The problem we have … [with] poor children right now is obesity, and not the fact that they’re not getting enough calories. So the federal school lunch program, the reason that it exists is actually a collusion between big agribusiness and big government, and what it ends up doing is raising food prices for the poor and middle class, it makes kids more fat, and it also has the effect of making families — depriving them of their ability and the privilege and joy of providing for their own children.
What essentially this program is doing given the fiscal state of our country is, maxing out our kids’ credit cards in order to give them more calories that they probably don’t need and reduce their family’s input into the kind of meals that they’re having
Watch it below from Media Matters.