And this, of course, assumes that the parent is perfectly able to pay up that very next day (or has food in the fridge to send Jr. to school with a packed lunch until some money does show up).
Can you imagine being the kid of a parent who can't or won't keep your school lunch account topped off and, every time you get in line for lunch, you have no idea if you are going to get to keep your lunch when you get to the front of the line or not?
But sending out such a letter as this? It wouldn't have been stood for. The people who think that like would be shut right down.
They knew we'd be good for it eventually and eventually he'd get around to telling us we needed to put more money into the account or I'd nag him about it -- it's been a while, you sure you don't need more lunch money? and it would all get straightened out.
That's the American Way, in my opinion. We take care of our own.
Our school district even has a free breakfast program that's for everyone. If you come to school at a certain hour, they are serving breakfast and you can have some, no questions asked, no forms to fill out, no income qualifications to meet. It's just there for anyone who needs or simply just wants it
And even if some of the people are voting for this program because they want their kid to go to a school with good test scores (the kids' elementary school is a California Distinguished School and once was ranked #2 in the state on some dumb standardized test I don't believe in), we still have programs like that. Because we aren't going to let any kid go hungry at school. We just aren't.
Willingboro Public Schools: Willingboro, NJ - Hungry Kids Can't Learn - Reinstitute Humanitarian Meals
Another part of why I want to put some pressure on them is that I've heard they aren't the only school district to do this. I'd like to see this kind of illogical thinking get nipped in the bud before it becomes some kind of a nation-wide trend.
Because no kid should have to go hungry at school. Especially not when their perfectly good lunch is being thrown in the trash to makes some sort of Dickensonian point.