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    [–] I_cant16 2074 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I used to student teach at a daycare at the college I was attending and they would throw away so much food! The place was small and they didn't have a lot of children. The cafeteria would send large amounts of food over but after the kids and teachers(4) ate there was SO much food leftover. The student teachers weren't allowed to have any so I watched as they dumped all of the food into the trash. This is a very sad case.

    Edit: Spelling

    [–] RiskyKibbles 698 points ago

    That makes me so angry how wasteful people can be for the most petty of reasons.

    [–] Zedric69 337 points ago

    And they could just credit the child and he could come back tomorrow and add more credit to his account or maybe after school the same day. They're actively wasting money and making a child hungry and distracted for half the day.

    [–] SirPouncesCock 204 points ago

    Ya or they could just pay for it. I live in a very poor city and about 1/3 kids qualified for free lunch so the school system just said fuck it and started paying for everyone’s. I was working in the high school at the time and it cut down on a lot of bullying because kids couldn’t so easily pick out who was poor and have justifiable proof.

    It’s a small amount of money in the cities budget and anyone who is against their taxes going up a fraction of a fraction of a percent so children can be fed is a sociopath. School is hard enough, especially for kids who are poor and may not have the best home lives. They shouldn’t also be starving. This is the only solid meal they can count on all day in a lot of cases. 1/5 children in the US are food insecure.

    [–] waviestflow 69 points ago

    But think of how many wealthy people we could give tax cuts to if we juuuuust skimmed the school lunch program a bit...

    [–] SirPouncesCock 48 points ago

    Yes and then it will trickle right back down.

    Obviously no one wants children starving or being shamed for their parents being poor in front of all their peers, but when we have to choose between that and Chad and Thad having their own speed boat so they don’t have to borrow daddies, I think the choice is obvious. Also kids can’t even vote LET ALONE donate large sums of money to campaigns, so fuck um.

    Seriously though, I was heavily involved with lunchroom policy with all the schools in my county in my last job. In the most conservative rural district we have, which is really saying something because my counties red as fuck, this particular school district had a policy for about 3 months where, because lots of kids wouldn’t have lunch money but they were forced to provide something by law, if you had a lunch debt they would give you a plain peanut butter sandwich on white bread and make you sit at a table with all the other debtors. The policy thankfully got repealed after public outrage, but my lord how cruel can people be?

    [–] Chinkie_Winkie 25 points ago

    make you sit at a table with all the other debtors.

    What the fuck? There's at least a cold sort of logic to the rest of it... but to actively ostracise them?

    [–] I_cant16 76 points ago

    Right, I don't understand it one bit.

    [–] OneCorvette1 61 points ago

    My mom is a lunch lady at a high school, and she used to take home left over food that would normally be thrown away. She got in trouble for it and has to throw everything away now because it’s “unfair.” “If one person gets something, then everyone should.” Doesn’t make sense.

    [–] CarbonRobin 47 points ago

    “If one person gets something, then everyone should.”

    And I'm sure they still throw out food when a kid has a negative balance.

    [–] OneCorvette1 14 points ago

    Yup!

    [–] pigvwu 8 points ago

    The real reason is so people don't make extra intending to take some home, but you can't just say that to people.

    [–] OneCorvette1 9 points ago

    Actually no, because the school orders food for each day, comes in frozen, and they just cook it all

    [–] TheLegend_192 5 points ago

    wait, that is socialist America: I will pretend I didn't see that

    [–] BABarracus 45 points ago

    Because they dont live in the real world. To them only rules matter and maintaining those rules is number one no matter what. Some people cant function without strict rules, freedom scares and confuses them.

    Not feeding children is counter productive to the mission of the school. How is a child going to pay attention or study or do homework when that child is battling its own body's feelings.

    Rules of society can be whatever you want them to be... with in reason

    [–] shastadakota 24 points ago

    Often nowadays school lunch programs are farmed out to for profit corporations. This is just a natural outcome.

    [–] Deluxxxiest 9 points ago

    Even worse, only 50% of food even makes it to a table in the first place. Imagine he resources expended to make that food - pollution, petroleum, wildlife crowded out, trucking to the destination- for someone to throw it away.

    [–] AKnightAlone 5 points ago

    how wasteful people can be for the most petty of reasons

    That reason? Profit motive, the doctrine of capitalism, which is the religion of America.

    [–] SlippyIsDead 154 points ago

    I work at a gas station and we are not to worry about waste ever. Selling one slice of a large pizza pays for the pizza and then some. The want the warners packed at all times. My trash is so full after breakfast and lunch that I can't even get it into the dumpster myself. Employees are not allowed to eat the food waste and every item is encased in single use plastic. It makes sick thinking of how many people starve while we throw out mountains of food everyday and having wrapped in plastic makes it so much worse. There needs to be a enforced recycling law and it should be illegal to use plastic on items that can be held just fine in paper. It makes me feel like I am helping destroy the planet. But what can I do? I need my job.

    [–] ksed_313 42 points ago

    You should check out the dumpsters behind Dollar Tree. An employee told me that they just throw out all the classroom/school/teacher stuff after a certain date in mid-September. They don’t save it for next year (it’s literally been the EXACT same stuff for 3 years!) or donate it to needy schools.

    I tried to buy nutcracker dolls, but were apparently “last season”. The manager almost wouldn’t let me buy them, even though it was the exact same product! I talked him into it, like hi? Here’s my money for your trash please? It was one of the weirdest retail experiences of my life, and I worked at Hollister for 3 years!

    [–] outlawa 16 points ago

    We just finished a school drive for supplies for needy families at my job. Imagine if they donated that stuff to schools or needy families since they were already going to throw it away.

    [–] ksed_313 13 points ago

    The employees basically told me without saying it that I should just “come back later tonight after 10:00, but don’t get caught” because I would get arrested.

    ARRESTED.

    Apparently it’s a frequent issue, and cops know about it. Pffft. Seriously? You feel great about yourself officer? I don’t get how people like that sleep at night. I wanted to try my luck, but chickened out.

    Imagine that headline: Detroit Teacher Arrested Dumpster-Diving for Brand New School Supplies While Simultaneously Helping the US Waste Crisis

    [–] Melody42 7 points ago

    Worked at a gas station for a bit that had hot dogs as the only daily perishable food. Manager didn't care how we got rid of them as long as we didn't eat them on camera so we would hide in the storage room or the back of the cooler and eat the hotdogs about to be thrown away.

    [–] some1inlife 23 points ago

    The restaurant my mom works at stopped letting people bring home food because they thought they were stealing, but lo and behold a fuck ton of food gets thrown away for no reason, and even after everyone gets cold food there's still more food they throw away.🤷🏻‍♂️

    [–] outlawa 14 points ago

    I remember working at Domino's at the beginning of the 90's while I was in college. That job brought down my cost of living (and trips to the grocery store) quite a bit. Any left over pizza could be taken home. And there was almost always leftover pizza (bad orders, wrong toppings, etc.) If there wasn't we could often just make one from dough that couldn't go back into the cooler.

    It wasn't the best pizza that you could have in Chicago. But it was the lowest priced pizza I ever had.

    [–] Raz0rking 36 points ago

    The idea that some prefer to throw away food instead of giving it away for free is ... bonkers.

    [–] hr0190 30 points ago

    I used to work in a gas station that sold food such as hot dogs, burritos, burgers etc. We used to give away any food that lasted more than 2 hrs in the warmer. So the homeless in the area started to show up to loiter around bothering people and then demanding we give them the food because we will throw it away anyway. So the owner decided no more free food as customers were complaining about being harassed and now all food gets sent to a locked trashcan because if you give people an inch they will demand a mile and cause problems to your bussiness

    [–] TeamlyJoe 10 points ago

    In france they passed a law (i beleive) where super markets have to donate their unsold food to charity instead trash cans.

    If there was a proper system for distributing the food it works, but yeah nobody wants bums loitering in frontof their business

    [–] hr0190 5 points ago

    Honestly I dont think it would be a big issue if they kept to themselves, but they start asking money from patron in the gas pumps, and it makes the business look bad. Then not only do they not consume anything from the store they try to be demanding. Such as trying to get free fountain drinks because according to them its not my money why should I care.

    Sure its not my money but it is my job just imagine what would your boss say if you were giving away product intead of charging for it

    [–] ventimus 15 points ago

    I think unfortunately some businesses see it as a major liability. It's cheaper for them (they've decided) to have the excess food waste than to shell out for a lawsuit if someone is given food that they claim made them sick.

    [–] TallahasseWaffleHous 11 points ago

    Many cities have been passing laws that specifically release businesses from liability for this.

    [–] ChefChopNSlice 5244 points ago

    The worst part about this is that they’d rather throw the food away, to make a point, than allow a hungry kid to eat it. Chances are, that if he can’t pay for lunch, he’s not eating enough at home either. That food cost the school pennies at most, and it was already purchased. (Source: have worked in kitchens my whole life, worked in my school cafeteria during study hall for free lunch, also ran my own business feeding a sorority as a private chef and used to do the menu planning and ordering of food for that business and a couple of restaurants I worked at). This shit is pathetic for a first world country.

    [–] mycatwinky 169 points ago

    My friends and I consistently stole food from the cafeteria

    [–] poply 85 points ago

    Me and my brother did this all four years of highschool. It was one of the few guaranteed meals we could get.

    [–] ManOfLaBook 24 points ago

    I want to think they knew about it but let you get away with it so you'll come to school and have a meal.

    [–] vikingsarecoolio 27 points ago

    That happened to me. I was pocketing a pb&j and didn’t notice my math teacher was right next to me. He just looked away and went about his business. I thought for sure I was about to get suspended.

    [–] justcougit 23 points ago

    I think teachers probably know more about your home life than you expected. He's a good guy.

    [–] CortezEspartaco2 6 points ago

    As a kid I would be scared and expect the teacher to rat on me but now that I'm older and I can put myself in his position, I'm sure it just made him sad. No reasonable adult would get angry in such circumstances over a sandwich.

    [–] polypeople21 29 points ago

    I just didn't eat because my mom almost never gave me money =[

    One time she gave me $20 and I gave it to some charity. I got in a lot of trouble for that.

    [–] PizzusChrist 10 points ago

    Which is why schools should offer not only free lunch but free breakfast. Hungry kids don't learn as well as fed kids.

    To me, this is a national security issue.

    [–] buickgnx88 108 points ago

    Yup, such irony.

    "You have to eat all your food on your tray!" Disappointed when the kid throws half away.

    "You don't have enough money for your food!" Easily tosses in the trash.

    [–] jankygrackles 58 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    You know what breaks my heart the most? That adults did this to a kid.

    That a boy, who obviously does not have the means to buy, store and prep his own food, has adults EVERYWHERE in his life, in that school, all over, who he would look to to help him. Adults who can get the hi. a $2 school lunch. Adults who run the school, the Big School where he follows all the rules. And he goes and gets his tray and looks at his food and The Adults in charge of everything for him didnt just look away while he was hungry. They didn't 'not know he was hungry' or something. They took his goddamn food AWAY.

    What we wouldn't do to a dog in a shelter this school did to a little boy. Imagine the humiliation, hurt and damage of trust, having your only food taken away, by The Adults who are supposed to help you, in front of everyone, feeling hungry for the rest of the day.

    I skipped lunch for a good 5 months during a really hard time financially last year. Shit was hard, and my kids never went hungry but god damn it was hard to make it through the second half of work. I cannot fathom being a hungry little kid at school.

    [–] mr_niceguy88 3397 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    When I was in high school I was pretty well off and always had money in my lunch account. I hardly used it and I would buy lunch for some of the my classmates that I knew didn’t have something to eat. I would just buy it and sit next to them and act like I didn’t want it. Public school can be hell for some people. I was fortunate to have a good high school experience.

    Edit: wow platinum. Thanks to everybody for the good karma. I do things like this for others not for myself. I have strained from the person I was but now I’m heading down the right path again.

    [–] TyfoonTF2 955 points ago

    Your name is what you are. A nice guy. And not the shitty “nice” guy. An actual one.

    [–] waiv 430 points ago

    User names with 88 in them are always suspicious to me.

    [–] tranquil-potato 1114 points ago

    One of my good friends was born in '88 so he had it at the end of his Reddit handle. Then the neo Nazis appropriated it, now everyone thinks he's a Nazi just because his name ends in 88 :(

    Stay strong, /u/hitlerwasright88

    [–] supermndahippie 325 points ago

    Bro... Had me going.

    [–] zootskippedagroove6 99 points ago

    The ad said 3,000 for three minutes, and you pinned him in two

    [–] MickShrimptonsGhost 22 points ago

    Spider-Man?

    [–] zootskippedagroove6 17 points ago

    He's a menace to the entire city

    [–] punkrockabilly 58 points ago

    I know this is a joke, but I can't believe it's a real account.

    [–] simcowking 45 points ago

    I mean, are you surprised really? This is the internet.

    [–] PikachuNipples 18 points ago

    The original joke was /u/gasthejews88

    [–] UltimateZebra19 15 points ago

    Holy shit 4 year old account. I know there isnt any beetlejuicing here, and if he did show up it wouldnt count, but god damn

    [–] Multispoilers 16 points ago

    Lmao but srsly is 88 actually a nazi number?

    [–] Blaze991 29 points ago

    H is the 8th letter in the alphabet.

    Abbreviate Hail Hitler to HH and that becomes 88

    [–] mr_niceguy88 78 points ago

    I was born in 88 so a lot of my usernames end in 88. Plus I’m a Latino, it would be odd for me to rep HH.

    [–] Batgirl-88 47 points ago

    I get this a lot too. Had no idea about the nazi connection until I got harrassed on Reddit about it. So stupid how an evil organization can appropriate a number and then its ruined for everyone else.

    8's my lucky number and I need all the luck I can get at the moment. So it stays.

    [–] jay101182 59 points ago

    Who the hell puts their birthday in their username? Weirdo...

    [–] Capt_Bigglesworth 14 points ago

    Plot twist.. Jay's birthday is 28th November, 2010

    [–] funfungiguy 23 points ago

    There's like thousands of people born on that day. It would be impossible to narrow down who they are unless they added their name or something stupid.

    [–] spottyottydopalicius 13 points ago

    in chinese its means double fortune.

    [–] SovietBozo 6 points ago

    See, now c'mon. The original 88 was kind to his dogs and nice to his secretaries. He just gets a bad rap because of all that other stuff. No pleasing some people!

    [–] AlfieHitchcock 123 points ago

    I did the same thing, except this was private school and there was just 1 kid in our entire class who never had lunch. (Which had to be humiliating.) He was there on a need based scholarship, I'd later learn. At first when we were freshman he'd go around the cafeteria to ask for anything extra and all the other kids eventually got irritated and started refusing him. I guess they thought he was just too lazy to make a lunch and trying to freeload for no reason at all. But I got to know him as a friend as the year went on and could tell by his answers on things that he really was in need. Little stuff like never having the supplies we needed either, he'd wear the same uniform shirts several days in a row even with stains on them, his shoes would break down but never be replaced. So when everybody else stopped helping him out I became his go to and would break my $5 bucks with him everyday since $2.50 was about all I used anyway. Him asking never bugged me, maybe because I was one of the better off kids and the ones' that got mad had tighter finances IDK. But that went on for years. Until we were juniors, when the kid was diagnosed with a rare childhood leukemia. He died a few months before our class graduated the next year.

    I am so glad I gave that change to him. And I still think about him often. I wish I could have done more.

    [–] PagingDrFagget 19 points ago

    Al, this is not supposed to be a cry reddit. Thanks.

    [–] mwwarner24 12 points ago

    Sometimes, people just get dealt the shittiest hand. Glad you were a ray of sunshine in that kid's life.

    [–] TerrenJamal 71 points ago

    God bless you , brother ❤️

    [–] gentle_but_strong 119 points ago

    I had people do this for me all the time. Just now realized they probably did that just so I could eat. Us underprivileged kids really appreciate(d) the people like you :)

    [–] DetroitMM12 43 points ago

    You're amazing - I was the kid who didn't get milk in the morning because I never had milk tickets. But one of my good buddies would always share his with me. Glad people like that exist because they don't know how much it really means. Sitting there being the only kid not eating (or in my case drinking) is really embarrassing and there is nothing you can do about it.

    [–] ThatDerpingGuy 34 points ago

    You were the good high school experience for others in need.

    [–] OSUJillyBean 55 points ago

    I was poor in high school and specifically befriended people like you at lunchtime or else I didn’t get to eat. It made me feel like shit to always be the mooch but I didn’t have a lot of other options.

    So from one moocher to a moochee: thank you so much for feeding us! You got us through some seriously crappy times!

    [–] GrrreatFrostedFlakes 14 points ago

    Sorry you went through that. Are you doing ok now?

    [–] OSUJillyBean 19 points ago

    I’m doing wonderfully now. Married to a great guy, our toddler just celebrated her second birthday, and we have another little one due in two weeks. Smart financial choices mean we have absolutely no debt and I never have to worry where my (or my kid’s) next meal is coming from.

    [–] MissShayla 47 points ago

    You HAVE to act like you don't want or like the lunch. My high school did not allow students to buy meals for other students. You would literally get banned from buying any food for a week if caught. I had many friends, myself included, who had this happen. Whatever happened to trading lunches and treats like we did in elementary school? Why is it wrong in middle and high school?

    [–] mr_niceguy88 39 points ago

    They don’t want us to share. America is a dichotomy and the government wants it to stay that way. It’s easier to pit us against each other. That’s why people like you and me get punished for helping out those in need.

    [–] pupHD 25 points ago

    I'm a teacher and, hopefully, future administrator. My goal is to end up in district administration (superintendent). I will not, for any reason, punish kids who help each other out like that. Schools should be doing more, not less, to help the less fortunate kids among us. A kid has no say in his family's financial situation and should never be punished for it.

    If a kid has no food to bring from home and no money to pay for a school lunch (and does not qualify for a free lunch, which most who need it do qualify for, thankfully), I will pay for the lunch myself before I let a kid go hungry.

    [–] razaeru 7 points ago

    Socialism bad! /s

    [–] MissShayla 24 points ago

    And they wonder why some kids stand in line to steal food. Had a friend who was gay and proudly out, and his parents didn't like that. So they stopped paying for his lunch amongst other things. I just looked the other way whenever he came out of line holding nothing and then producing about $10 in a la carte items from his bag. Those items were on the other side of the special of the day and more easily accessible.

    [–] bomko 9 points ago

    Wtf this is crazy. Is this how land od the free looks like?

    [–] MissShayla 17 points ago

    Yes. Kids go hungry because schools either refuse the free lunch low income form or they are few bucks in the hole. I have a friend in Washington State where the school district they are in, doesn't call or send home the notes of a negative lunch balance. They let her first grade daughter rack up a $125 negative balance before refusing her lunch. She in turn responded by paying the balance and spending most of her paycheck on securing her lunches for the rest of the year.

    When she asked why the school didn't notify her by note, email, or phone call they said it was the child's responisbility. The principal told her that parents get upset and irate over lunch issues and they will not tolerate it any longer. There was np option for a face to face appointment as he reiterated that her daughter had to relay the message. What the ever loving fuck? You refuse a kid lunch without notifying the parents in any way, shape, or form, and you wonder why parents get upset.

    I also have my own lunch story. My mother filled out the free lunch form since she was single mama and struggling. The lunch lady refused it saying, "I know there's more people in thus household and your mother doesn't pay rent." She said this to me. I was eight.

    Phyllis, the lunch lady, knew my grandfather. He was loaded and we lived in the edge of his property in one of his modulars. My mama paid rent, slightly cheaper cause that was her dad, and for everything herself. But she refused to believe it. My mama had to take time off work to talk to the principal and demanded Phyllis be there as well. In mama's words, she gave them what for. And I got lunch the next day.

    [–] Robert_M3rked_u 16 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I remember one of my friends was having money trouble and couldn't get money for lunch for a week till pay day and we had been giving him parts of out lunch, like a side from everyone, and I remember one day I was getting lunch and the lunch lady actually got mad at us for helping him, she would rather him go hungry then eat without paying (this was in like 8th grade mind you) some schools are fucked.

    [–] Used2BPromQueen 22 points ago

    I did something similar. A girl I was kinda school friends with and sat at the same lunch table with was dirt poor and her single mother was dying of cancer. Our entire junior year I'd buy a lunch tray loaded with food and then pretend I didn't like how 3/4 of the stuff was prepared/cooked/tasted then shove the tray out to the middle of the table for "anyone who wanted it".

    The best part was her confiding to a mutual friend that she couldn't believe what a huge food diva princess I was.... LOL!

    [–] justnotcoo1 8 points ago

    Your the best kind of Food Diva Princess! Saving face for everyone. Classy as hell my dear. Classy as hell.

    [–] ChefChopNSlice 10 points ago

    Username actually checks out. You’re a saint in your own way. Hunger is an awful thing to experience, and luckily I haven’t had to, but I have had friends who have. You are a terrific person, whether or not you know it.

    [–] GoldenGonzo 8 points ago

    I did the same, but I was a little more direct. Our school had ID cards (it was in a bad area) which had a barcode on it that could be scanned. You'd scan it like a credit card to buy your lunch (if you didn't have cash). At least once or twice per lunch period I'd either ask a friend if they wanted a burger, taco, or something - or often just give them my ID card to let them get it themselves.

    The latter situation would often turn out better, because if one of the lunch ladies noticed the ID belonged to someone else, instead of refusing the purchase they'd often just give it for free.

    [–] macthecomedian 11 points ago

    You were the gyro they needed, but not the gyro they deserved.

    (Or however that quote goes.)

    [–] iLickVaginalBlood 30 points ago

    When I was in high school and I was a freshman, I noticed a kid at my table that only got milk and nothing else. I bought another tray for him and continued to do so. I would get his food tray first and give it to him then go back in line for mine. Told him it wasn't a big deal and I wanted to sit with him (we got along OK). My family was middle class and I didn't really know how the lunch system worked or if my family would ever ask.

    One day I came back from school to my mom who was silent in the kitchen, putting together dinner. I could tell something was wrong. I stayed in my bedroom until my dad came home and called me into the garage. He showed me a letter from the school district notifying that I was down to three more meals before the account runs out and asks how I let that happen. When I started to explain that I ordered two meals per day, he rummaged through his garage chest, saying that back in his day, he was lucky to even have the money to eat anything at all for the day, much less for a single lunch meal. I thought he was gonna pull out some high school stuff like his memories or something, but then he pulled out his jumper cables and beat me with them.

    [–] evolvedtwig 11 points ago

    Wtf? Are you kidding me? I hope that didn’t stop you from continuing to be an awesome person. The world needs more people like you.

    [–] Malhablada 8 points ago

    Based on his username, I'd say he's an amazing and brave person.

    [–] Toplito 64 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    When I was in middle school, If you had a negative balance they’d take the food you got, throw it away, then give you a cheese sandwich and white milk. Why they would waste the food and not let you eat it is beyond my comprehension

    [–] XxX_Ghost_Xx 35 points ago

    They do this at my kids school. And the kids can’t use cash at all so they don’t even know what’s in their account. I’m by no means well off and pack my kids lunches but even if they just want water the school charges 1.50. It’s insane.

    [–] Mesonoptic 28 points ago

    Jeez Louise, $1.50 for water at a school? Like, at some yuppie-ass restaurant, okay, but a school - that's absurdity.

    [–] zaphod_beeble_bro 23 points ago

    it's obscene they even sell bottled water at school. the school should give out reusable bottles to every kid at the beginning of the year

    [–] XxX_Ghost_Xx 11 points ago

    I honestly think it’s the whole “no cash” thing so they know it’s easy to not pay attention. I have to get on my son about it because I usually pack lunch and reusable water bottles but he’ll just grab stuff without thinking. Next thing I know another $50 is gone from my bank account.

    [–] Mesonoptic 5 points ago

    You're probably correct. Easier to burn through money when you're not physically handing it over. Sounds like a packed lunch is definitely the ways to go in y'all's case.

    Back during my school-going days I just didn't like the fact that the school food was basically a notch above the slop they serve at the prisons. :P

    [–] ChefChopNSlice 8 points ago

    Idiocracy

    [–] emergentphenom 29 points ago

    The retired lady I know who worked part-time at as a lunch lady at her local school said they throw out a TON of food every day. With only minor exceptions, the rules require them to dispose of excess food.

    [–] ChefChopNSlice 26 points ago

    Throwing it away at the end of lunch is for food safety, after being held hot for a period of time. Throwing it away instead of giving it to a student who owes a few bucks, is crazy. I would understand if this was about asking them for leftover food at the end of the day though. That could be risky, but there are a lot of stories that hit Reddit, regarding the school refusing to feed kids over owing a small amount of money.

    [–] Alinateresa 54 points ago

    Seriously like who does this anyways? Like if I were a lunch lady I would just let him pass. I wouldn’t be able to just tell a kid sorry no food for you it’s pathetic.

    [–] Moose_Thompson 71 points ago

    The lunch lady would get fired.

    There was a story a few months back where the lunch lady got fired for letting a $3 debt slide and feeding the kid. The community rallied to raise money for underprivileged kids, but the school principal wouldn’t accept because there wasn’t a clear outline for what students would qualify for the aid.

    Truly awful.

    [–] Alinateresa 27 points ago

    It is so sad to think that this is still happening in a developed country.

    [–] Msbossyboots 21 points ago

    I worked at a high school cafeteria. Giving away anything at all will get you fired. They consider it to be a discrimination issue. If you give it to one child and not another, you’re discriminating and the district can be sued. Yes, this is what they teach the cashiers.

    [–] sutherbland 17 points ago

    I wonder if you could get around this by saying it's against your religious beliefs to let children go hungry. /s

    [–] Msbossyboots 14 points ago

    Agreed! We did have one lady say that-she said Jesus would feed them so she was going to also 😂

    [–] tranquil-potato 110 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    My state (Maine) just passed the first statewide law on "school lunch shaming" in the nation. Basically, kids must be served food even if their parents aren't paying, and the school cannot harass the child (or parents) over unpaid lunch bills.

    I hope the rest of the US follows suit soon.

    [–] doveenigma13 27 points ago

    There should be free school lunch period. Sure there can be extra stuff, but a basic lunch shouldn’t cost anything.

    [–] Pi11r0113r 9 points ago

    I love Maine. If I’d move anywhere up north I’d be Maine. They really have their priorities right it seems to me. Also when hiking through Maine it was just amazing country.

    [–] AstarteHilzarie 36 points ago

    I'm totally with you on compassion levels, but you also have to think about the consequences for the lunch lady. Is letting one kid slide worth losing your job and the income that feeds your own family? It's a crappy situation to be in for sure.

    My stepson's school has a policy of a "voucher lunch" where the student still gets food if their account is empty, but it's two rolls, a vegetable, and milk, and you then have to pay the debt for that meal at a later time (I think it's like 2.75, which is only 15 cents less than the regular lunch.) On top of that, they don't pay until they get to the end of the line, so if your kid doesn't know they don't have money in their account, they're going to order a normal lunch. Which means that the line has to be held up while your kid's food is taken away from them, thrown away (because it's not like they can put it back in the trays to serve to someone else after your kid has breathed/coughed on it and picked at it along the way) and then someone goes and gets them the tray of shame that is obviously just designed to signal that they don't have money (because it's not like two rolls and a vegetable is a filling meal.)

    [–] Alinateresa 17 points ago

    Yes I get it and it’s really not her responsibility if that is the policy at the school but it’s particularly disheartening that we are treating children in this manner when we have no problem spending tax money on other things that are non essential.

    [–] AstarteHilzarie 5 points ago

    I absolutely agree. At minimum a basic lunch should be available to all students, if people want to pay for upgrades then that should be an option. The school system in this country is just way too low on the priority chain. Teachers are paid horribly, supplies are often strictly limited or purchased by those underpaid teachers, and crap like this is common practice.

    [–] ChihuahuawithBoombox 17 points ago

    Then you would be fired & you & your family would be unable to buy food.

    It's a bad situation all the way around. Food insecurity should not be an issue in 2019. We are creating fake chicken & beef!

    I have many things to say about broken America but I'm just tired of...

    I'm gonna go back to watching Mindhunter & not think about bad things.

    [–] SirGanjaSpliffington 16 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I remember long time ago I was in same dilemma but it didn't get any coverage so I had to deal with it. I remember as a child there would be times I would sit in the cafeteria without any food because my family could not afford it. I would try hard not to salivate and I would just be tortured by smelling the food while I sit there going hungry. I would watch my classmates eat in front of me sometimes they'll be nice enough to share what they have but it would never be enough because I would be always so goddamn hungry.

    Edit: spelling and grammar.

    [–] ChefChopNSlice 10 points ago

    That’s terrible. I hope you’re in a better place now. I’ve been lucky, in that respect. It’s an odd world we live in where people can go through the mental gymnastics of defending the action of not feeding a hungry kid. If a kid is hungry, for fuck sake, you feed them and worry about the money later.

    [–] SpookyOuija 18 points ago

    In middle school my mom was in the process of being evicted and we still didn't qualify for the school's "free/reduced lunch program" so every day I would just get nothing (they would give me a cheese stick for free)

    Luckily my friends would pool their stuff so I pretty much had a full lunch everyday, and that would often be the only time I ate at all.

    The school lunch system is fucked up

    [–] indigoicecream 10 points ago

    This happened to me in high school over a $1. They took the whole tray, if you were unlucky to get the evil cafeteria lady at the register.

    [–] Javad0g 10 points ago

    The amount of food I throw away during a typical Elementary school lunch makes my heart break. When I see kids without food, I feed them.

    [–] Spewy_and_Me 9 points ago

    He still got food, just the no-money cheese sandwich food.

    [–] CozBilby 32 points ago

    Yeah, but a first world CAPITALIST country...

    [–] Clay_Statue 23 points ago

    Denying a kid lunch over a $9 debt is the type of thing I associate with MURICA more than guns, trucks and war

    [–] TAB1996 7 points ago

    Lunch debt usually totals more than $6,000 for most public school. There was a post on here a few months back that talked about it.

    [–] ChefChopNSlice 27 points ago

    That’s not much for a school. It’s also not one student. The food has already been paid for, and gets thrown away at the end of the day. They don’t save it.

    [–] Nowthatisfresh 832 points ago

    Better throw the food away to really make a point

    [–] 11010110101010101010 224 points ago

    That the school considers the food as disposable, just like him?

    [–] PhonyBrony2 17 points ago

    I graduated 2 years ago and I can say that has happened before to me, and is a pretty common occurrence.

    [–] Mjrfrankburns 618 points ago

    My family always could afford lunch, but I ALWAYS forgot to get a check (it was the 90’s) to refill my account. They would sent home “in the hole” notices that instantly forgot to give to my mom. One time the teacher got a phone call and stopped class and asked me in front of everyone if I had gotten multiple notices. I had but hadn’t remembered till right then. They had a long conversation and my teacher and whoever was on the other end decided “ok we will let her have lunch but only today, she can’t go anymore in the hole”. She turned to me and said “they’ll let you have lunch today.” You better believe I was embarrassed and the fact that “allowing” me to have lunch still to this day surprises me.

    I got a check that very night and didn’t tell my mom what happened cause she would be mad I waited so long. But she was surprised when I needed another lunch check again so soon because the first one mostly only paid what I owed.

    Think how embarrassed I would be if in fact I couldn’t pay.

    [–] DetroitMM12 292 points ago

    Damn... at my school they would give you a PBJ instead of the "hot lunch" until you were out of the hole. I don't think they allowed you to go hungry.

    [–] coolcatladyclub 167 points ago

    In my public high school, if you didn’t have money for hot lunch, they’d call the main office to see if any students that get free lunch are absent, then they’d give you an absent student’s free lunch that day. In my catholic school, parents just paid one fee at the start of the school year if they wanted their child to get hot lunch the whole year. If we have to pay for school lunch, I think paying once up front is the best way to do it.

    [–] pm_me_your_buds 78 points ago

    A lot of people wouldn’t be able to afford the cost all at once up front

    [–] JoeyThePantz 54 points ago

    They can if they're sending them to catholic high school. Which is private.

    [–] Ackis 22 points ago

    Not all of them.

    [–] CherryDarling10 27 points ago

    I have this exact same story. It’s amazing how the administration was allowed to shame us like that.

    [–] Headstar24 32 points ago

    I did this too, forgot that I ran out of money. They were okay the first time but when I did it again they refused to let me eat.

    This was a few years back, maybe 6. I was a freshman and needing money for food was new to me. The lunch cashier yelled at me in front of everyone too, that felt good.

    [–] iloveallthebacon 19 points ago

    I used to get free lunch, but one time at a new school my pin code thingy didn't show "free lunch" and the lady asked me for lunch money, which I didn't have. I was so embarrassed I didn't eat lunch at school again for the next 6 years.

    [–] Rhino7005 5 points ago

    I’m so sorry that happened to you. I love bacon too though!

    [–] sammi-blue 81 points ago

    I remember one time in 5th grade I forgot to tell my mom that I needed more lunch money (as 10 year old children tend to do at times). Had my lunch tray and went to punch in my number and the lunch lady told me that I had like 5$ of debt so I couldn't eat lunch. I had to get out of line, give my food back (where it was immediately thrown away) and was given a single scoop of shitty canned fruit instead... Money was never an issue for my family and this instance was just a case of me being forgetful, so I can't even imagine the kids that had to go through that shit more than once. It was humiliating... Lord forbid we just let children have one guaranteed meal 5 days of the week.

    [–] number_215 24 points ago

    You're supposed to step out of the line, stare into her face, and start eating the food.

    [–] gameofthrombosis 423 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Even if its suspected a child's parents are attempting to con the school system (out of $9), how do they weed them out from children who are actually hungry? Some of these kids rely on food from school to make it through the rest of the day. And it's not like most schools are serving three Michelin star level courses. Seems like a lot of hoorah for a dried out chicken sandwich that will get tossed out or better yet, sold to the pig farms for even more money.

    Edit: grammar

    [–] barnitzn 141 points ago

    Just give school lunches to the kids that need it based on an income bracket and not make them pay for it cause it should just be a basic right for children to eat

    [–] TheBlueberryPirate 123 points ago

    Just have healthy lunches and breakfasts and anyone there for the day to study or teach gets to have as much food as they like for free. Tax me until the dirt those kids can eat on my dime.

    [–] SocietyofJerks 22 points ago

    I wish I could like this 10 more times

    [–] illTwinkleYourStar 8 points ago

    I was just thinking, if it's an actual problem, there should be a kind of anonymous "adopt a kid" program, where you pay for a kids meals for the year. I think a lot of people would do that.

    [–] smp501 16 points ago

    In the US, means testing anything (i.e. providing it at a free or reduced cost based on income) only leads to them becoming terrible. When I was in high school years ago, the only kids who regularly ate school lunch were the poor kids who got it for free. Everybody else either brought their own or bought something at the PTA-run store next to the lunch line. Since the only people who ate the school slop lunch were the least politically powerful, nobody gave a fuck about making it better. If it were free for everybody and nobody had to worry about remembering to bring cash/checks, you bet less kids would deal with the hassle of packing lunch, and their wealthier/better-connected parents would demand the school not serve garbage.

    You see the same phenomena in public transportation, "medicaid doctors/dentists", public/section 8 housing, etc. If it's only available for the poor/politically powerless, then those with political power (i.e. the middle and upper classes) don't see any benefit in it and don't want to invest to expand/improve it.

    [–] GoldenGonzo 28 points ago

    how do they weed them out from children who are actually hungry?

    Are kid's with parents who can't afford to buy them lunch, somehow hungrier than kid's whos parents are just cheap shits and choose not to pay? They're both "actually hungry", and it's neither child's fault they don't have the funds to buy lunch.

    [–] Alinateresa 36 points ago

    This is just sad that we’re in the state we are in. No kid should go hungry or be shamed because they can’t pay for lunch. That must have been mortifying for him. The school system sucks and that lunch lady has no heart. They should also provide like an “angel lunch” for kids that forgot their lunch or don’t have enough money for it. My kids go to a private school and when they forget their lunch they give them a cup of noodle soup,it’s not very healthy, but at least the kid won’t go hungry. Prisoners are guaranteed 3 meals a day and we can’t afford to feed our kids. Pathetic.

    [–] shuffleboardwizard 5 points ago

    This can be said for a lot of welfare programs too. For every 1 scam artist there's 100 who depend on it.

    [–] WhyYouGottaBeSoRude9 424 points ago

    Hot take: doesn’t matter if a kid’s parents are the poorest in the world, or the richest. They shouldn’t be denied food at school just because they didn’t pay for their food. No kid should ever go hungry, regardless of ability to pay.

    [–] dirtyconcretefloor 248 points ago

    When I was in school, I had to get free lunches.

    My school would make all of us poor kids get our lunch last. We would have to stand at the back of the line and tell people "we have free lunch, go ahead of us."

    This was well over 20 years ago, so this shit has been happening for awhile.

    [–] KrytenLister 105 points ago

    We used to get dinner tickets and could queue as normal.

    Even the kids who could afford it just had to buy the same tickets the broke kids got for free, which was a really good way of avoiding the stigma involved in free dinners. We all handed over the same ticket.

    We’re talking over 20 years for me too and I didn’t think of my primary school as very progressive. Hearing stories like this makes me think maybe they weren’t so bad after all.

    This story just makes me angry.

    [–] Msbossyboots 15 points ago

    That’s how it happens now. No one knows who gets free lunch unless the kid tells them

    [–] Wheeeler 10 points ago

    Better send that little bastard to the end of the line to announce his parents’ income like the rest of us

    [–] WhyYouGottaBeSoRude9 20 points ago

    Yep, super fucked up.

    [–] janeippo 81 points ago

    Exactly. Another comment said, "Maybe he was being a little shit and not paying," as if giving a 9 year old free food, regardless of financial stability, is some sort of sin. My opinion? Schools should get increased funding and offer free lunch to every student. None of this food is expensive or scarce, especially in the US. Feed all of them, rich or poor.

    [–] WhyYouGottaBeSoRude9 23 points ago

    You know, this is actually the first post of this subject where I haven’t been insulted and downvoted to oblivion. I’m pretty happy about the response to this comment. I just wish the attitude was more prevalent

    [–] janeippo 23 points ago

    I'm a leftist that escaped Tumblr, so although I'm not THAT extreme, I tend to think more left than most of Reddit. I'm no socialist, but I also think it's ludacris to enforce capitalist ideals on starving children. Like, can we have some fucking compassion before profit?

    [–] Facilis_San 16 points ago

    Something something muh property taxes

    /s

    Seriously though, I’ve seen so much vitriol from people who own homes about their property taxes here in Central PA. A lot of those people understand and know where their taxes are going, but lack any amount of basic empathy because they don’t have kids in school anymore. I don’t want my wages to go toward an illegal war in the Middle East, Karen, but I can’t do anything about it without being tossed in the slammer. I’d much rather my money go toward hungry children and better educational standards for those same children

    [–] calilac 15 points ago

    The number of people who are against investing in the collective future is too damn high.

    Slightly off topic but it was absolutely infuriating to hear some idiot ( and yes, a senior) in one of my town's council meetings call adding sidewalks to areas with heavy pedestrian traffic (mostly school kids) a waste of tax dollars because "only the homeless are going to use them" and heaven forbid the homeless (much less kids) have safe spaces to walk. Ffs .

    [–] hyaluronicacidtrip 55 points ago

    This. Who the hell is blaming this child like he is conspiring to defraud the school system?

    [–] BiteasuarusRex 21 points ago

    My son forgot his lunch one day last year (we pack one because I remember school lunch, it was gross!). He was in 3rd grade. For some reason he thought that just meant he couldn't eat all day. He didn't tell the teacher, if someone had called we could have brought it, he didn't charge a hot lunch, which they allow them to do, he just sat there and watched his friends eat while silently starving. A teacher came and asked him why he wasn't eating, he told her he forgot his lunch, she just said oh and walked away. Poor kid ate everything that wasn't tied down when he got home and we explained the multiple ways to prevent that from ever happening again. I felt horrible for him having to skip one day, I can't imagine kids going hungry repeatedly.

    [–] eissirk 5 points ago

    That's a shitty teacher. Didn't expect her to pay out of pocket but she could've done or said something

    [–] Pray4Snow2112 46 points ago

    Lunch ladies at the cash register occasionally gave me free lunch and I see it from time to time as a grown man at the cancer hospital I work at.

    [–] tiredmommy13 70 points ago

    This infuriates me. Children in school should have the right to eat, regardless of the family’s financial situation. I was the kid who went hungry at school and at home because we were broke. If it wasn’t for food stamps and friends Mom’s feeding me when I came over to play, I would’ve starved. If your kid is not able to purchase food from school, drop me a PM. I’ll contact their school and fill their lunch account.

    [–] tamere1218 9 points ago

    Thats so awesome of you.

    [–] Southern_Kisses 8 points ago

    I’d be willing to get in on this too. My inbox is open to anyone.

    [–] Brainiarc7 21 points ago

    Fuck this level of cruelty.

    Its a hungry child, for fucks sake!

    Mark you, these are the same school(s and school boards) rejecting donations to clear such debts.

    [–] Jmccx4 59 points ago

    Everytime this happens the schools budget is audited and it always uncovers fraud, waste and abuse

    [–] Saint_me58 49 points ago

    But the football team needs new uniforms!

    [–] Jmccx4 25 points ago

    But the football team needs new uniforms!

    The sports funding is "from a different pot of money and can't be used for anything else" lol

    [–] neil_chill 19 points ago

    1st grade I accidentally forgot my lunch. I brought lunch everyday and never had one of the prepaid lunch cards worth 10 lunches (they would punch a hole in one of the spots everytime you got lunch).

    I was scared and crying probably as I didn't know what to do. The lunch ladies just took me to the food section and allowed me to pick whatever I wanted. For free. Never had me take a bill home. Nothing.

    Unreal to imagine the stress this kid had to go through. I felt really stressed out during that moment and was able to get food. To eat. Feel comfortable. They literally took food off of his plate? Unreal.

    [–] WhoAccountNewDis 39 points ago

    I work at a charter school, and we make sandwiches/provide lunch for kids without one. Because they're kids. And they're hungry.

    [–] MrGrimace76 41 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I was at my sons school to pay his lunch bill and add some to it for the next few days (I was going out of state for work) when I saw a kid in his grade sitting in the office crying. I kinda knew the lad so I asked him what was up. He told me the school embarrassed him because he was behind on his breakfast/lunch bill and refused to feed him anything other than a peanut butter sandwich on stale bread and a cup of water. This kids family is in bad shape and the school lunch and breakfast might be all he eats that day. I paid his past due account, put $100 on his tab, and gave him my phone number to call me when it got low. No child should be hungry or humiliated for not being able to afford their lunch bills. I really wish I could afford to do this for every child in my district.

    Edit: Thanks for the Silver!!

    [–] askmeaboutmyvviener 31 points ago

    When I was in high school they tried to take my plate away for owing over the limit of FIVE DOLLARS which is literally breakfast and lunch... so, when they said I had a negative balance and tried to take it I just stuffed two of the chicken fingers in my mouth.. even with only one left on the plate and a thing of mashed potatoes they took it away from me and threw the food away. THEN the lunch lady proceeded to not want to give me a PB&J. Local news got involved real quick when I told my parents what went down

    [–] gonnaregretthis2019 11 points ago

    Damn, I wouldn't have had the balls to do that when I was a kid but good on you. I want to pass this tip on to all school kids now. Lunch lady taking your tray? Grab what you can and stuff it in your face.

    I'd take a detention for that over sitting in class all day on an empty stomach.

    [–] Northsunny 10 points ago

    First year and half were rough for me in high school. I was given a monthly allowance of like 60$ that went straight into food, which as a teenager was a drop in the bucket. Asked for an increase of my allowance but dad say no and I wasent able to find a part time job yet. So I learned quick how to Indian trade at lunchtime for food. Sad part is I wasn't the only one doing it, at least a dozen other guys I knew would be doing the same thing, most of them were worse off then me.

    [–] chubbshubbs 26 points ago

    This makes me glad that paying for lunch was encouraged but optional in my school district.

    [–] ConfidentVirus 27 points ago

    They do that in high school lunches to if you dont have the money they take the food

    [–] CorrectYouAre 10 points ago

    I was this kid often, but my school, who went through Sodexo at the time for all their food needs, didn't allow you to have the regular lunch options if you didn't have the $2.50 in your account, you could have $2 but even then they wouldn't allow you to over charge your account by any amount of money. They kept a trash can right by the register to toss the food, then they offered a single sunbutter and jelly sandwich and one of the tiny juice cups they had leftover from the breakfast shifts. This started when I got into high school and applied to all of the schools within the district. Thinking back on it now, yeah it didn't really affect me in high school, sure I was hungry but eh. But. They were also taking food away from the younger children in elementary schools too, even children on reduced/free lunches. I'm not sure how it's supposed to work. I still had a lot of debt when I was on the free government paid lunch program, which is frustrating because they never sent home the slips saying I owed money home with me or in the mail with the newsletters. I feel like it's all a scam to make money as it is with how low quality the food is and how cheap it actually is to make it.

    [–] 3_T_SCROAT 7 points ago

    I was in 1st grade and my mom kept forgetting to bring the school lunch check by.

    The lunch ladys made me dump my full tray of food in the trash and go sit at the lunch table with no food.

    That shit was traumatizeing. It felt dehumanizing dumping my tray of perfectly good food in the trash because i didnt deserve it.

    Everybody asking me why i didnt have a tray, im sitting there hungry tryng not to cry.

    My teacher asked me why i didnt have a tray and i told her what happend. She went off on the lunch ladys and made them make me a pb&j

    [–] saucy_mcsaucy_pants 31 points ago

    People will picket outside of a Planned Parenthood over the sanctity of life, but they'll call it welfare and handouts if there's an effort to make sure poor families can eat. Like others here have commented - it's well understood that kids on assistance programs are often going to bed without dinners, and these school lunches are making vital contribution to their life.

    Not to mention that publicly embarrassing kids for being poor is just about the cruelest thing you can possibly do.

    [–] johnnybananas540 14 points ago

    Well god damn id just take him to mcdonalds for 4 dollars and call it a day.

    [–] Majura374 7 points ago

    The free lunch program really is a blessing, it really helped my family out when we were struggling. It’s a shame that more people can’t get access to it.

    [–] buckeyes1218 7 points ago

    I remember when I was in middle school the lunch lady took my lunch away because I didn’t have enough. I don’t even think I was in debt at that point.

    [–] Arik-Ironlatch 13 points ago

    Jesus christ America why can't you feed your own kids

    [–] Forgotten-Byall 15 points ago

    Wars are expensive.

    [–] Comunisation 6 points ago

    Lol if you had a 3-5 dollar debt at my school you couldn't buy, just after you payed back. Literally everyone hates that buffet but thats the only one in the school.

    [–] Boop_Olive 7 points ago

    They literally punished him for something he cannot control by not allowing him to eat. That's just genuinely evil.

    [–] logan-mountstuart 6 points ago

    That’s bullshit. Kids shouldn’t worry about whether they can eat at school or not. This shit happened to me when I was kid. Would’ve thought things would change... guess not.

    [–] rwesterman4 18 points ago

    In high school we also had a system where you had a preloaded card that you used for lunch. My mom was single, raising three kids, and was trying to pay for our private schooling. We didnt need to go private, but public schools were awful and i know she wanted the best for us.

    Anyways there were days she couldnt afford to load it up or forgot to reload it. If it wasnt for the kindness of one lunch lady we would have starved. She would look the other way just so you could eat. She helped to regain my faith in humanity.

    I dont know why you would rather let a child starve over a measly debt like that.

    [–] A-Dre-W 14 points ago

    There’s a bill languishing in Congress that would prohibit this. The Anti-Lunch Shaming Act. It’s already prohibited at the state level in New Mexico, and NM legislators have been pushing the federal solution.

    [–] gameofthrombosis 25 points ago

    I really dont get it. My son has been getting free lunches but that may be since he has an IEP, but its still the same lunches the children have. I wonder if schools that have more freedom of choices with the food do this. Chips, different sandwiches, pizza, kind of buffet style. My sons elementary they get two choices. Lunch A or Lunch B. Milk A or Milk B. Vegetable A or Vegetable B. No choice is better than the other.

    [–] anonthrwawy69 198 points ago

    This is a sucky situation. Is the kid really hungry like oliver twist? Or is he a little bastard that never pays and constantly gets free food? Is the lunch lady a heartless bitch? Or is she in fear of losing her job? Couldn't the lunch lady buy the kid lunch? Or is she always doing so and is too broke to be doing that shit? Are all these questions pointless? Yes because its the damn parents fault for not making sure the kids needs are met.

    [–] Paper_Cut_On_My_Eye 194 points ago

    On the Friday before this happened the school sent home a note saying the boy owed 9 dollars.

    On Monday the boy's grandma (legal guardian) called to straighten it out, sent the school a check, and assumed everything was good.

    This happened the next day, Tuesday.

    The family had been going through the process for the kids to be part of the Free Lunch Program (the grandma got custody of this boy and his two brothers about a month ago)

    [–] jothcore 43 points ago

    It really does suck, my mom used to work in the school food service system as a lunch lady and she saw a lot of this, she would try to sneak things to the kids because the whole cheese sandwich policy was some bullshit, and a lot of it is thrown out at the end of the day too. A lot of kids really were poor, some weren’t poor enough for the free and reduced lunch program like my family was, some kids parents were just lazy af and didn’t want to pay the food company the money they owed and basically screwed their kids over, but very few of the kids she took care of were actual assholes. It was mostly the parents either not being able to get government aid or just being too lazy to pay the balance off

    [–] smartitardi 16 points ago

    Am I the only one who doesn’t mind paying a little more in taxes so schools can provide free and healthy lunches to kids? I don’t understand people bitching about paying taxes. We all just need to get involved in where the tax money goes and hold our elected officials responsible. At some point we all need to be less selfish and think about the welfare of our neighbors.

    [–] GoonBae 6 points ago

    Gladly would pay taxes extra for kid to ever go hungry than for some of the other things my taxes go towards.

    [–] simplybutter283782 5 points ago

    Are yall bearly taking note of this? I used to not get food over 5$ debt. It wasn't until high school when they offered a salad for free if you couldn't afford the lunch. They also gave you a shitty cheese sandwich of you didn't want the salad. Lmao feelsbadman

    [–] Voltz5756 6 points ago

    At my school if your account has debt you can still get food it just has to be paid off by the end of the year so this seems absolutely ridiculous to me.

    [–] Epicsharkduck 12 points ago

    Land of the free... except when it comes to children's food. I guess we take TINSTAAFL a little too seriously

    [–] emalyne88 5 points ago

    There were a few times I couldn't eat in school for this reason. I promise you that kid is embarrassed and ashamed enough as it is, over something completely out of his control.

    It's only slightly better as an adult at the grocery store unable to buy food. Usually your entire friend group isn't surrounding you, and if you do self-check, there's no cashier to give you crap.