school lunches

Megan - posted on 03/01/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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i just got a call from my 5 year old daughters school. they toldme that the lunch lady senther tothe office to call me to get lunch money. i told them that it would have to wait till my grandfather came to pick me up because right now we dont have a vehicle. they told me that wasfine but thatshewouldn' get to have brakefast because the cafatiria isn't taking charges right now. dont you think that if you tell the school that you will bring once you get a ride that they should give the child their food so they dont go hungry. what is wrong with people these days.

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Keisha - posted on 03/04/2010

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Honestly I would contact the school board or some upper level official and let then know about this. That is absolutely ridiculous!!! I would be completely livid if that were to happen to my son...so what they dont feed her now....thats crazy! All you can do is complain about it but that rightfully deserves a formal complaint to the board or whoever. She is just one child and its a one time situation and its not like that dont have the food. With all the free breakfast and lunches that are provided i cant believe that would deny her a meal and this is just one time....you can tell I'm pissed right!!!! LOL!

Sherri - posted on 03/04/2010

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That is so wrong..... Even if she didn't have the money that day, she still should have gotten her food. I usually just pack my sons lunches, because he doesn't want to eat their gross chicken nuggets everyday! lol

Bronwyn - posted on 03/02/2010

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I'm from Australia and we pack lunches etc. everyday because it's not the normal thing to get lunch from the school canteen (we don't have cafeterias). I know there's been a few times kids have left their lunch at home or their parents have forgotton to make it and there's always help available from the teachers as well as friends offering a bit of theirs. Having a system where you have to send money to school with your child every day to eat at school when it's well known that children who don't eat properly won't learn properly seems crazy! Hope things get better and you manage to sort this out. Maybe put a few snacks in her bag for 'just in case' times?

Melanie - posted on 03/01/2010

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i went in to write a check for my kids lunch money last week friday and the lunch lady told me how much she appreciates it. she said they dont like to let a kid go hungry so they feed the kid and they even have a few parents who are 30 to 40 bucks behind. shame on them for not feeding your little one.

Yolanda - posted on 03/01/2010

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That is soooooooo crazy! i would seriously raise some hell over this! is it a public school? i wish they would not feed my child! there is no way that would have gone down in our school-you should really not let this slide.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/01/2010

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That's awful! I would absolutely complain!

Our school uses CafePrepay and my daughter has an account that is auto-refilled when the balance gets below $5. The auto-refill money comes straight out of my checking account She just types her account number into a number pad at the cafeteria cash register and her lunch is paid for.

But back at the beginning of the school year, we had an issue with the account not automatically refilling and there were two separate times when the machine wouldn't take her account number. So the school fed her a cheese sandwich, milk and an apple and sent a note home to me to check out what the problem was.

I asked around and apparently that's what they do whenever there's a kid (who isn't already on the free/reduced lucnh plan) that can't pay for lunch for whatever reason and didn't bring a lunch from home. Cheese sandwich, milk and a fruit. It's not expensive, always on hand in a cafeteria and keeps the child from going hungry. I can't imagine why any public school would refuse to feed a child. That's completely unacceptable. Seriously, I'd run that issue straight up the flag pole.

Sylvia - posted on 03/01/2010

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I'm so confused. The school feeds the kids lunch, but it has to be paid for one meal at a time? What kind of school does your daughter go to? I've heard of primary schools that have a refectory/cafeteria with food service and you pay for a month or a term at a time, and someone told me once that in the USA there are some schools that have free lunch and breakfast programs, but I've never heard of a school that expected five-year-olds to remember to bring money to pay for lunch every day. That's stupid.

Also, why does your child go to a school so far away from your house that you need a car to get there? Or do you live way out in the country and rely on the school bus?

That being said, refusing food to a hungry five-year-old seems pretty awful to me. I think if I were you I'd start packing her lunches (which is what virtually all parents in Canada do) so the school doesn't get any more of your money :P

Lisamarie81m - posted on 03/01/2010

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I cant believe they would refuse her food, there have been times i forgot to send in money for lunch and my son still got to eat. I had to pay it back and I did. Just last Friday my son dropped his lunch money in the van and his teacher gave him the money for luch and today I sent him to school with the money to pay it back.
Maybe these things happen too often with other children and they never pay it back so the school is trying to be tough on everyone? I think If you said you would be up there to pay they should have fed her, I would talk to the principal about this.

Amber - posted on 03/01/2010

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Megan that is so sad to hear! I wonder why they wouldn't of just fed her!

Doesn't this violate some "basic needs" right?



If my daughter's school did such a thing, I'd compose a formal letter to the board, and also forward it to the person responsible, hopefully they get a hefty warning?.... that's just not right. I hope something more suitable comes into play for moments like this, I am sure you are not the first and only parent to have this sort of issue come up.

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