It was during the very first week of school that Stacey Koltiska realized the school was “lunch-shaming” kids. She was forced by policy to take a hot lunch out of a students hands and give them a cheese sandwich instead in front of other children.
It sounds insane, but it is a part of the school’s new policy to refuse a hot meal to children who’s parents owe more than $25 in back payments for hot lunches. When a student’s account is flagged, children in kindergarten through sixth-grade receive a cheese sandwich only because state law mandates elementary school children to receive a lunch in school. Students in grade seven through 12 aren’t given anything at all.
But what you don’t know, she says, is causing an uproar. The law states that children will be given “a sandwich.”
What you don’t know is that they are being given one piece of cheese on bread that isn’t even being toasted. Yet students are still being charged the FULL PRICE of a HOT LUNCH that is being DENIED to them.”
So, when she took the child’s lunch, she saw that he didn’t understand.
I will never forget the look on his face and then his eyes welled up with tears.”
She wanted to resign right then, but a personal tragedy kept her quiet. When it happened again the next week, she gave up. She couldn’t handle it and posted everything on Facebook.
What makes this even MORE SICKENING is that we throw so much food away EVERYDAY. So, our children are being served cheese, being charged and denied the hot food that we then throw away. Once again, it comes down to profits over people but this time the “people” are our children.”
She discovered after her resignation that a bus driver was appalled at the policy when he heard of it. He paid all of the student’s overdue accounts so that they could eat a real lunch, but when the school found out about what he did, they fired him.
What do you think of this backwards policy?
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