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Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:12 PM

Does your schools shame free lunch children?

My cousin told me last night her middle school uses color coded tickets,

White paid in full

Pink reduced

Yellow free

Students at lunch present tickets after picking food and moving down a line.

Why?

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Reply Does your schools shame free lunch children? (Original post)
Watchfoxheadexplodes Dec 2017 OP
Pachamama Dec 2017 #1
Turbineguy Dec 2017 #2
LanternWaste Dec 2017 #16
GrapesOfWrath Dec 2017 #3
FSogol Dec 2017 #4
GrapesOfWrath Dec 2017 #6
FSogol Dec 2017 #9
Watchfoxheadexplodes Dec 2017 #5
GrapesOfWrath Dec 2017 #7
Watchfoxheadexplodes Dec 2017 #11
tavernier Dec 2017 #18
mia Dec 2017 #8
FSogol Dec 2017 #10
GrapesOfWrath Dec 2017 #17
LP2K12 Dec 2017 #12
Watchfoxheadexplodes Dec 2017 #13
Codeine Dec 2017 #14
blaze Dec 2017 #15
hunter Dec 2017 #19

Response to Watchfoxheadexplodes (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:14 PM

1. That sucks....They should have either punch cards or electronic cards and they all are the same....

And the cost or whether they are free is done when the card is given out or needs to be "reloaded"...

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Response to Watchfoxheadexplodes (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:18 PM

2. WTF difference does it make

to those serving the lunch? You gotta ticket? Enjoy your lunch!

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Response to Watchfoxheadexplodes (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:19 PM

3. No, ours has everyone enter their student id number into a keypad

Then the register will ring up reduced and free lunches as assigned to the number, with no one the wiser.

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Response to GrapesOfWrath (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:20 PM

4. Same here. n/t

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Response to FSogol (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:23 PM

6. I see you are a fellow Marylander

Iím in Anne Arundel Co.

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Response to GrapesOfWrath (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:29 PM

9. Nope Fairfax County, Virginia. Maryland alumnus, though

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Response to GrapesOfWrath (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:22 PM

5. That's a great way

Her principal told her it was not to embarrass children but all about accounting and paper work.

Pa leeeze!

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Response to Watchfoxheadexplodes (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:24 PM

7. Sounds like they need to upgrade their computer system

What state are you in?

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Response to GrapesOfWrath (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:31 PM

11. S.C.

Really small school but still.

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Response to GrapesOfWrath (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 03:20 PM

18. Same here in Florida Keys.

Did you know that if a child lives in a trailer or on a boat (yes, there are many live aboard boaters in the islands, often on fancy yachts) they are considered homeless and entitled to free school meals?

Anyway, since Irma, all school meals are now free.

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Response to Watchfoxheadexplodes (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:29 PM

8. Most public schools likely have a computerized system, with up-to-date payment status keyed in

The only students who were lunch shamed were those who were not receiving free lunch. These kids had to give up their lunch trays when they got to the cashier, if their parents hadn't paid.

I've never seen schools shame free lunch children.

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Response to mia (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:31 PM

10. Our PTA has a fund so everyone gets a lunch and the cost is covered.

If someone never has the money, the PTA works with the parent to sign up for the reduced or free lunch.

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Response to mia (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 03:14 PM

17. Our school allows kids to charge up to 5 lunches on account

They are expected to pay for it by the end of the school year but it does avoid any child going without a lunch on any given day.

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Response to Watchfoxheadexplodes (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:37 PM

12. Nope...

That sucks.

All children at the elementary school my kids go to receive free breakfast and lunch regardless of their ability to pay. It's pretty awesome.

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Response to Watchfoxheadexplodes (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:38 PM

13. I say raise taxes to pay for ALL children's lunches and breakfast

Don't ban me 😘

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Response to Watchfoxheadexplodes (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:39 PM

14. Our kids' school avoids the entire issue

 

by giving everyone a free lunch, and a breakfast as well, if they arrive early.

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Response to Watchfoxheadexplodes (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 02:42 PM

15. I worked in a school cafeteria for two years

and we were NOT ALLOWED to talk about whether or not a student was on a free or reduced meal program. Not even with other staff at the school.

(Of course, in reality, it was pretty common knowledge who was and who wasn't based, mostly, on food choices.)

But our system was computerized, so there were never those visual clues. I'm sure the staff needs to know, in order to charge each student properly... And I'd bet they'd welcome suggestions for other ways to handle it.

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Response to Watchfoxheadexplodes (Original post)

Wed Dec 13, 2017, 03:23 PM

19. Everybody gets a free lunch in our school district.

Collecting money from those families who are able to pay isn't worth the trouble. There is no way to pay directly for lunches, but we contributed to the schools in other ways. I'm happy to pay whatever taxes make this possible.

School cafeterias here are also open during the holidays too, offering free meals to any kid 17 and under.

It's not great food, but it's much better than nothing at all, and better than some of the lunches I saw kids bringing from home... an example would be a box of sugary fruit punch, a bag of chips, one of those horrible mystery meat sausage sticks, and candy. That is not a nutritious lunch!

I usually packed healthy lunches for my kids and I trust they didn't throw any away. I do know they occasionally traded what they had for school cafeteria pizza or chocolate milk. (I'm not a fan of the factory farm dairy industry and its nutritional propaganda, but whatever...)

And it was nice knowing my kids wouldn't go hungry whenever they forgot their lunches. My own parents, who rarely gave us money for school lunches (35 cents then) because they usually didn't have it, were unsympathetic when we forgot our lunches from home. I don't recall learning any significant moral principle from that, I was just hungry.

The school lunches of truly first world nations put U.S. school lunches to shame and there's no differentiation between students in the lunch line.

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