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School Lunch Shaming Ban Has Local Support

It’s called “lunch shaming”, where students who don’t have the money are offered scaled-down, alternate meals, such as a cheese sandwich. Apparently it’s a practice that’s wide spread enough in California that a bill has been introduced in the State Senate to outlaw it. The legislation would require that schools feed all K-12 students the regular meal, even if students don’t or can’t pay. But that’s already the policy at the Penn Valley Elementary School District. Superintendent Torie England says they also don’t use children as a go-between for collecting the money from parents…

click to listen to Torie England

The Penn Valley District has around 500 K-8 students and England says about 70% buy the school lunch…

click to listen to Torie England

Last year, the U.S Department of Agriculture gave districts operating national school lunch or breakfast programs until July 1st of this year to prepare a written policy on how they charge and collect for meals. If the bill passes, California would be the second state to outlaw lunch shaming.

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