3 Meals a Day for Kids...at School?

The Associated Press reveals that there is a growing demand for schools to feed kids dinner before they come home.

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act is a pilot program that has been developed to provide free or low-price meals after school.  As of last year, about 1 million students across the country received dinner or an after-school snack before going home.

There is debate about this.  Proponents say when kids are hungry, they don't function as well in school.  They also say providing this helps alleviate stress in families and is a benefit for them.

Opponents say expanding the welfare system is not the answer.  They say the system has failed to truly help the poor achieve self-sufficiency despite the fact that the federal government operates about a dozen programs that provide food assistance already.

What do you think?  Should the government provide 3 meals a day at school for kids who are in need?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.