16 Things That Costs Less Than the Government Shutdown

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  • 9,619,238 Kanye West Diamond Grills
  • The American Red Cross' Total Annual Operating Expenses for Seven Years
  • Free School Lunch for 8.3 Billion Children
  • 100 People for Five Years Aboard Diddy’s iPad Controlled Yacht
  • Free Breast Cancer Screenings for 141,176,470 Women and Men
  • Nearly 5,000 Engagement Rings Like Beyoncé’s
  • 11 More Days of Social Security
  • The GDP for Zimbabwe, Somalia and Fiji
  • 1,078,119 Children Could Go to College for Free in Their Home State
  • 9,600 People Could Have Woke Up in a New Bugatti
  • 87,944 New Homes for "Average" Americans
  • 90,000 Hermès Crocodile Birkin Bags
  • Pay the $20 Billion Tab for Hurricane Sandy Damage
  • Buy 7.1 Billion Gallons of Gas for Americans
  • 62,176,165 of the Entire 20-Piece Fall RiRi MAC Collection
  • Money Well Spent?
  • 6,315 Super Bowl Ads

Free School Lunch for 8.3 Billion Children

Low‐cost or free lunches were provided to more than 31 million children each school day in 2011. Since the government refunds a school about $2.86 (or more) for a free lunch, the amount of children to receive free school lunch could have increased by billions.

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