If kids can afford lunch at school, officials let them starve

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What kind of school system denies food to hungry children because their parents fall behind in their school lunch payments?

Fortunately, a California lawmaker wants to end “lunch shaming” at campuses across the state.

Sen. Bob Hertzberg is carrying a bill he says will put a stop to schools embarrassing children whose parents fall behind on their lunch payments.

Hertzberg says the shaming takes multiple forms: Some students are altogether denied food while others are given paltry snacks.

Such treatment, he says, “undercuts a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school. “We also know that embarrassing children in front of peers can destroy their self-confidence.”

No kidding.

Senate Bill 250 would prevent schools from withholding the meals and require school officials to tell guardians when unpaid lunch fees exceed five full-priced lunches.

Read the whole story in the Sacramento Bee

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