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I wanted to highlight some things I’ve noted since school started last week.  When my daughter was younger and in school she divided her time between public and private (Catholic) schools.  Regardless of our financial struggles, I don’t think she ever qualified for the school lunch program and I don’t think it mattered to me, really.  It was just another necessary part of taking care of her.  The entire time she was in Catholic school she was on scholarship and I had an income-adjusted tuition payment, along with the responsibility to volunteer a certain number of hours for the schools. And it certainly helped that we were very active in the community life of our parish.  For some reason – we were fortunate which makes this a bit poignant.

According to a story at KTVB on September 10th – Idaho is in the top 10 of foreclosures.

Florida, California, Arizona, Michigan, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Georgia and Illinois completed the top 10 states for foreclosure filings.

Looking at the map provided at the Realty Trac website, the counties in Idaho with the greatest number of foreclosures filed are: Ada, (Blaine), Canyon, Jefferson, Kootenia, Teton, and Valley. (I can’t seem to find the rating list of state cited in the story from KTVB.)

This kernel of info on housing troubles is coupled with two stories focusing on easing the financial burden of those who might be suffering a bit in the stagnant economic climate here in Idaho.

For those children whose parent(s) are unemployed eligibility for “free or reduced priced lunches” may be an option to help cope.  Looking at the prices: Full price is $2.30, reduced price is $.40; that’s a $1.90 difference daily.  Paying $1.20 a week is more manageable than the $11.50/$12.00.   The Idaho Dept. of Labor also has a notice at the top of their page. Continue reading