Pennsylvania Cafeteria Worker Quits After “Lunch Shaming”

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A public school cafeteria worker has quit over what she considers a “lunch shaming” policy in a Pennsylvania school district.

Stacy Kotiska says she quit last week after she had to take a hot lunch away from an elementary school student because the child’s parent had fallen more than $25 behind in paying for his school lunches.

The Canon-McMillan School District enacted the policy to deal with a backlog of about 300 parents who owed tens of thousands of dollars. Now fewer than 70 parents owe money, and the district says the policy isn’t meant to shame students.

The policy says students from kindergarten through sixth grade will lose their hot lunch and get a sandwich and fruit if their parents owe more than $25. Older students get no lunch at all if their parents owe that much.

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One Comment

  1. Ted E. Baer says:

    There are no great solutions here bc someone; me, you, taxpayers or the child’s parents, needs to buy their child lunch. The kid won’t starve bc the safety net is a cheese sandwich.

    Simple solution is to feed those children the previous day’s leftovers or whatever was being thrown out, if safe based on time/temp, to no additional cost to district, parent, me or you.
    Ultimately though, the food spend will go down and an equilibrium will be reached but the 2 tier system of hot food vs. leftovers will not.

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