posted on Jan, 30 2014 @ 04:00 PM
When I first heard about this, yes it was horrifying, but then again having time to reflect the following can be stated:
While it is a terrible thing to do to a child, that they have to have the food taken away, who is at fault for this entire incident, if you look at
the situation and facts that have occurred? The parents, ultimately are at fault and here is how I came to that conclusion and the facts:
Students came in, got lunch, then as they checked out, it was discovered that they had a negative balance on their books, and the lunch that was
provided was taken away, given an alternate more embarrassing lunch and the parents are all upset.
But then again, this is only half of the story as it stands and chances are what is not being stated was the number of times that notices were sent
home to the parents, or mailed to inform the parents that the childs account was at a negative amount, that if they did not put more money on the
childs books that the child would not be eligible or able to get a hot lunch. The employees would not know who all is eligible for such until it is
rung up. And if the parents are choosing to ignore the notices or the students are not bringing home the notices to the parents, then there is a
problem with the communication issue that should be resolved.
As sad as it is, the fault lies there, not in the policies, as most food services departments are working with strict policies and the schools often
use the food services as a cash cow to short change them. The lesson is to keep track of the childs accounts and make sure that it remains on the
positive balance, and that they do not ignore the notices that come in. And if the family is hurting financially, they should be able to get on the
free and reduce lunch program, but it means going in, filling out the paperwork and providing the proof of such. What many people do not realize,
that showing proof of receiving food stamps means that the child is automatically eligible for the free lunch program, which in turn helps out the
school and district with grants and other programs offered by the state and federal levels of government.