Feds, California Pull Food Assistance From Poor Kids At Christian Preschool

Tierin-Rose Mandelburg | June 8, 2023
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and California state’s Department of Social Services (CDSS) is being sued by a California church after revoking a nearly 20-year assistance program that provided food to impoverished preschool students and parents. Unironically, the withdrawal of the funds came after word broke that one particular preschool center supports “orthodox religious beliefs.”

This is obviously no coincidence. 

The Church of Compassion in El Cajon runs the Dayspring Learning Center, which has been participating in a program that provided $3,500-$4,500 in federal funding for food for its impoverished preschool students, the Daily Caller reported. But in December 2022, the USDA suspended the center from its funding, insisting that the school didn’t comply with the "‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ nondiscrimination provisions.”

Later that year, the department also updated its policy to further emphasize that centers who weren’t all-in with non-traditional “gender identity and sexual orientation” differences would be prohibited from receiving the funding. 

With the help of the legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the church sued the Biden administration and state officials for “unlawfully pulling federal food funds from a church preschool.” In a tweet, ADF added, “the school feeds many low-income & immigrant children. Hungry kids should matter more than a political agenda.”

As noted by ADF, the church-based preschool serves all different types of families, including those who identify as LGBTQ+. While it’s become common thought to believe that Christian people and groups do not love gay people, as evidenced by this school that allocated money for those in need, that’s far from the truth. Just because a school may be based or backed by Christian values doesn’t mean that it doesn’t care about people. As a matter of fact, Christians are called to help the widow and the orphan and come to the aid of the poor, regardless of what sins or lifestyles they may be involved in. 

Related: ABC Goes LGB With Specials On Gay Kids and Trans Celebs

Revoking the funding does nothing to help anyone. All it does is push an agenda at the expense of hungry kids. 

In an exclusive email to the Media Research Center, ADF Senior Counsel Jeremiah Galus stated, “The government is withholding food from families in need simply because their children attend a Christian preschool. No religious school or family should have a public benefit taken away because of their religious beliefs.”

Galus is spot-on. When a public school outwardly proclaims it teaches kids about masturbation or helps students change their gender, federal funds don’t all of a sudden cease. So, why is that the case when a school affirms Christian values? The hypocrisy in 21st Century America is off the charts. 

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