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School Lunch Worker Forced To Throw Poor Student's Meal, Resigns

School Lunch Worker Forced To Throw Poor Student's Meal, Resigns

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First Posted: Sep 22, 2016 03:36 AM EDT
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A Canon-McMillan school district's policy of hot meal lunch is implemented this year. Students who owe at least $25 should not be given hot meal instead only two slices of wheat bread and a government cheese. US Dept. of Education / Flickr CC BY 2.0

Stacy Koltiska, a school lunch staffer decided to quit out of moral obligation when she was forced to throw away a student's hot meal. It is the policy of the school district not to serve a hot meal to students who owe more than $25.

Koltiska said she must heed the policy and ordered not to serve the hot meal to a boy because he couldn't pay for it. On the other hand, she gave the boy two slices of bread and cold slice of cheese, according to Think Progress.

"As a Christian, I have an issue with this," said Koltiska. She further said that it is sinful and shameful is what it is. Koltiska decided then to resign at Wylandville Elementary School last week. She said that she had been in the school district for two years and she was surprised by the new policy implemented earlier this year. 

"God is love, and we should love one another and be kind," said Koltiska. She added that there's enough wealth in this world that no child should go hungry, especially in school. She then said that this is just wrong.

Koltiska continued that the hot lunch consists of chicken nuggets or corn dog bites. If the students owe $25, they are not given the hot meal instead they will have a sandwich made of two slices of wheat bread and a cold slice of "government cheese." On the other hand, the parent would still be charged the regular price of $2.05 for the meal, according to Washington Post.

Koltiska grew up poor and she felt embarrassed on depending on food stamps and free school lunches. She still thinks that the new policy is misguided and referring to school administrators as "not the ones facing the child and looking them in the eye and taking their food away."

Meanwhile, Matthew Daniels, the school district's superintendent of Canon-McMillan said that the new policy did not intend to shame or embarrass a child. He noted that over 300 families owed the district between $60,000 and $100,000 yearly before the policy was implemented. Currently, there are 70 families who owe the district a total of $20,000.


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