Systems nationwide have grappled with the issue. A Pennsylvania district drew national attention when it warned parents behind on lunch bills that their children could end up in foster care. When a CEO, who had grown up relying on free lunches, offered to cover the cost, the district astonishingly rejected the offer. Ashamed, the district later apologized and accepted the $22,476.
All children deserve to have barriers removed in life.
Metro Atlanta schools offering free lunch to all should be commended. It’s true, children can’t learn if they can’t eat. It’s something that seems so simple, yet it means so much.
Monica Richardson, for the Editorial Board.