School forces students who can't pay to skip lunch, then trashes the food
School officials admitted to Boston's Fox 25 that for two weeks
an employee of school lunch vendor Whitson’s School Nutrition threw
food in the garbage instead of feeding students who had outstanding
balances on their pre-paid cafeteria cards.
Fifth grader Victoria Greaves, 11, said she didn’t have anything to eat after a cashier made her dispose of the food on her cafeteria tray. Upon hearing that his daughter went hungry, Greaves’ father John was shocked that the school didn’t inform him of what was going on.
“I’m pissed that when there are people in prison who are
getting meals, my daughter, an honor student, is going hungry,”
Another parent said it was “absolutely outrageous.”
Food workers reportedly stopped serving food on the order of an
on-site Whitson’s employee. School principal Andy Boles said he
only learned that students were forced to waste their food after a
parent called to complain on Tuesday afternoon.
“They did not respect me, they did not respect my students
and they did not respect their parents,” he said.
“They apologized for their actions,” he added. “Their
intent was not to humiliate or upset the students, which I stated
to them they had done.”
A Whitson’s spokesman said the company is formulating a new
policy so that no student ever goes without lunch. Holly Von
Seggren, the vice president for marketing and community relations
for Whitson’s, said the combined debt among students in the entire
school district comes to $1,800.
“We regret that these students were denied meals and agree
that this situation should have been handled differently,” the