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  • Every day in this country students come to school without a way to pay for lunch. Right now it's up to the school to decide what happens next.

    Since new legislation out of New Mexico on so-called lunch shaming made headlines, we've heard a lot about how schools react.

    Some provide kids an alternative lunch, like a cold cheese sandwich. Other schools sometimes will provide hot lunch, but require students do chores, have their hand stamped or wear a wristband showing they're behind in payment. And, some schools will deny students lunch all together.

    Megan Kamerick, Schools Will Soon Have To Put In Writing If They 'Lunch Shame', All Things Considered, NPR, April 17, 2017

    April 18, 2017


    Desert Cove is a relatively affluent school — only 32.1 percent of the students there qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. So it's easy to imagine that singling out students whose account balances are low could be a traumatizing experience for them.

    "Lunch shaming" can lead students to skip meals altogether, one Houston-based nonprofit found.

    April 12, 2017

  • where schools shame and make kids feel bad for not having lunch money.

    April 9, 2017