You are right there are no excuses, but people do have reasons for not being able to feed themselves or their children adequately. I went to school in the inner city and even when I transferred out to the county my school had a ton of students who NEEDED the school lunch program, and it's not a cut and dried as you may think. There are many "bad' parents and SS out there. But there are a whole lot more families who are one medical issue/cut hours/paycheck/etc away from losing everything.
Many government and community programs have to do a whole lot more, with a whole lot less and everyone suffers for it It's slightly judgemental and a bit pearl clutchy to be outraged over a problem that you only see from the outside looking in.
No pearls to clutch here, I grew up on the INSIDE of that problem: raised inner city with a working-poor widowed mother. She made sure there meals available, even if we went to the local food bank. Sometimes my uncle (who grew up during the depression) dumpster dove behind the local markets and sent us home with packages of still viable cheeses and such.
The SS parents next door would send their kids over to us for breakfast because of the smells coming from our kitchen. My mother obliged, and once even gave them a bag of groceries. The NEXT morning, the kids were back at our door because their mother couldn't be bothered to scramble an egg. The ladies on the other side of us fed their kids oatmeal 3 times daily despite having cupboards stocked with groceries from our local charity. They did party a lot and had food for "guests."
So to keep on topic, it is very SS to expect schools to not only provide education but also the basic needs for your child even when that institution is CLOSED for the holidays. At that point, authorities with appropriate training and resources need to step in. If it is a case of genuine need, and not neglect, help will be obtained. I worked in the social services field for 8 years and never had one client go unaided.
Respectfully moderator, please delete this comment if you think inappropriate but it fits the topic (and clarifies my initial post). This thread is too good to be locked.