Cafeteria workers are supposed to ensure all students have a tasty, nutritious meal during lunchtime, which is why one Pennsylvania cafeteria worker was crushed when the school told her she had to start taking meals away instead of giving them out.
As part of a new policy, the Canon-McMillan School District had started shaming students if their parents haven’t paid their overdrawn lunch accounts, but within a few weeks of starting school, cafeteria worker Stacy Koltiska already had to take food away from two students and was so disgusted that she quit her job immediately.
The first week of school on Friday, I had to take a little first grade boys chicken and give him this “cheese sandwich”. I will never forget the look on his face and then his eyes welled up with tears,” said Stacy who planned to resign right away, but forgot after her mother passed away that weekend. “I forgot about it until yesterday when it happened again. I had the same sick feeling so today I resigned.”
According to the new policy, which parents were notified about in a newsletter over the summer, if $25 or more is owed to the district for lunches, students from grades K-6 will not be given a hot meal. Instead, parents were told they would be given a sandwich. And if kids in older grades have a lunch debt of $25 or more, they will get absolutely nothing.
“In Rule 808.1 it says that children in K through 6 will be provided a ‘Sandwich,’ Stacy wrote in a post to Facebook to warn parents. “What You don’t know is that they are being given One Piece of Cheese on Bread. This isn’t even being toasted. Yet they are still being charged the FULL PRICE of a HOT LUNCH that is being DENIED to them.”
“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,” the frustrated mom wrote. “I’m not saying the parents shouldn’t be held accountable, but I think there has to be a better way than involving the children.”
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