Lunch Lady Fired for Giving Free Lunch to Low-Income Student
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Lunch Lady Fired for Giving Free Lunch to Low-Income Student

Cebu : Philippines | Dec 20, 2012 at 4:38 AM PST
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Skooter reports 12/20/12

Perhaps, next to recess, lunchtime is one part of the day that school kids look forward to the most. It's a time to take hold of some grub and meet with friends. The cafeteria manager at Hudson Elementary School in Webster Groves, Missouri, Dianne Brame, said she knows each one of her students by name. A fourth grade boy drew her attention, he used to be on the free lunch program, but it was sad to know that the boy had not been renewed to go on receiving free meals. Brame realized that the mother of the boy does not speak English and did not understand the paperwork for getting admission to the meals.

So Brame quickly took action and tried communicating with the family through the mail, but she didn’t receive any response. Any kids who do not have current eligibility status are allowed to receive only three free regular meals. After that, the procedure is that these kids receive only a cheese sandwich and a carton of milk. So Brame was afraid that the boy would be made fun of or bullied. So, on her own discretion she gave him a free regular lunch for two months.

It so happen that an employee reported Brame's actions to Chartwells, the food service company contracted by the school that prepares the food served to the students. Chartwells then sacked her. But the story does not end there.

When the complete details of the boy’s story was found out by Chartwells and why Brame took the actions that she did, they took her back and said it was all just a misunderstanding. The following statement was released: Chartwells appreciates the concern of this employee, and of all of our employees, who put the well being of school children first.

Brame knew she had broken the rules, but she was trying to preclude the young man from being made fun of or bullied, and she would do it all over again, adding that she don't think any kid should be hungry.

Hail to the lunch lady!

[Related: Teacher Fired for Refusing to Make Students Buy Pricey Textbooks]

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