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Schools and Nonprofits Work to Protect Children from ‘Lunch Shaming’

When children in public schools can’t pay for their lunch, it can be an awkward moment where they are given an alternative, cold lunch — or no lunch at all. Some are calling this practice “lunch shaming” because students will typically get their lunch items before paying, and then when they can’t pay, the food […]

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When children in public schools can’t pay for their lunch, it can be an awkward moment where they are given an alternative, cold lunch — or no lunch at all. Some are calling this practice “lunch shaming” because students will typically get their lunch items before paying, and then when they can’t pay, the food is thrown away or taken from them.

Feed the Future Forward is a local charitable organization that is looking to alleviate this issue by paying off any outstanding balances for student lunches, and some school districts in the area have partnered with the group to use those donated funds.

To learn more about how the public school lunch system works and what’s being done to provide for students, we talk with Kenny Thompson, organizer of Feed the Future Forward, and Darin Crawford, Food Services Director for Cy-Fair ISD.

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