New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested on a radio show that cash-strapped New York may have to cut off lunch to high school students whose parents are debt for past lunches. He said parents stiffed the schools out of $7 million in lunch fees last year.
” ‘It may be we get to that. The first thing is let’s try to get the parents to pay,’ Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show.” …
“Bloomberg said he wants to give the parents a chance to make good before calling on bill collectors.”
” ‘We want to keep this between the families and the schools and we don’t want to use collection agencies,’ the mayor said.”
A lot of teachers on our blog complain about kids being on free or reduced lunches when they don’t seem to need to be but what happens to kids that don’t show up with money? Our school stamps their little hands to remind you to put money in their accounts and will spot them a cheese sandwich if you don’t bring in money. But for how long I’m not sure.
What happens at your school if a kid never brings in lunch money – will they keep feeding them? Also what if they owe money? What will happen?
Do you think the schools should cut off the older kids? The younger kids? Should bill collectors be called in? Should they help those families get on free or reduced lunch if their kid never has lunch money?
– By Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, ajcMomania