Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Leaf Mrs. Tree Alone! Follow up on the Willingboro School Lunch Program

After I posted my first story about the change in school lunch policy at Willingboro School District, a lot has happened. Yes in just two days time!

First, my friend who first brought the issue to my attention was interviewed anonymously by her local news station, Fox Philly News. Since she fears retribution by the school district (they have a history of taking it out on the kids when their parents speak out -- how sad is that?), she got interviewed behind a tree. So we call her Mrs. Tree now.

You can see the story with her interview here:

Monday, September 2, 2013

No lunch money? Let's throw your lunch in the trash!

A friend of mine got the following letter from her school district this weekend:

To sum it up:

If you let the balance on your kid's school lunch account fall below $5.00, they will send you a notice. If you don't put more money in the account before the balance then falls to $0, when your kids get to the front of the lunch line, their lunch will be taken away, they will not be given the "humanitarian meal" option instead and a perfectly good hot lunch will be thrown in the garbage.

Let's set aside the whole issue of calling a peanut butter and jelly sandwich a "humanitarian meal" for now and examine exactly that this policy is supposed to accomplish.

<puts thinking cap on>
<thinks really hard>
<thinks harder>

I honestly have no idea.