Shutdown could halt school lunch programs - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Shutdown could halt school lunch programs

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

Thousands of state employees whose jobs are federally funded could be temporarily laid off, and federal assistance and school lunch programs could be cut as early as Monday if the government shutdown continues.

"In a country like ours, food should not be a question. Everybody should have access to food," Carol Goss says. She is the president of the Skillman Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for kids in Detroit.

LINK: Learn more about The Skillman Foundation

"Children will really suffer if the government shutdown continues. Those are federal dollars that fund school lunches. If that goes away these children will not get - for some of them - the only meal they would have during the day," Goss points out.

However, a spokeswoman for Detroit Public Schools says students will still get fed. The statement says: "We will continue our nutrition operations and feeding our students using our food service surplus revenues."

But when those funds run out, then what?

"This is a time when adults are making decisions that really adversely affect our children and we should say 'You cant do that.'" Goss says.

It's not just school lunches hanging in the balance. 40 percent of the states budget is federally funded, meaning programs like unemployment compensation, cash assistance for needy families and WIC could also be on the line. State money for WIC runs out November 1.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Child, 3, hospitalized after falling from second-story window

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:31:18 GMT
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
    A 3-year-old child is receiving treatment at St. John hospital after falling from a second-story window in Detroit this weekend.
  • Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Boy, 5, thrown from father's dirt bike and run over

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:18:50 GMT
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
    Residents inside Northport Apartments in Macomb Township say that Sunday afternoon they saw a 27-year-old neighbor riding a dirt bike with his 5-year-old son along busy Garfield Road.Neighbors say they've seen him riding before -- but this time he had his child with him."The first thing that caught my eye was he was riding in his dad's lap," neighbor Tim Hale said. "And they were weaving throughout drainage ditches which are pretty steep." Macomb County sheriffs say the small, orange dirt bik...
  • Flooding, power outages from latest round of storms

    Flooding, power outages from latest round of storms

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:14:26 GMT
    More flooding and power outages are being reported after the latest batch of storms.
    More flooding and power outages are being reported after the latest batch of storms.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices