Schools Deny Hot Lunches To Students Owing Money

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Forget pizza, hamburgers and macaroni and cheese.

Dozens of students at Steamboat Springs schools are getting peanuts, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches -- or nothing -- for lunch this week after the district cut off those with unpaid balances on their school lunch accounts.

Nutritional Services director Max Huppert says students owing $6 or more were not allowed to use the district's automated payment system to buy hot lunches when they returned to school Monday. The move affected about 25 elementary students and an unknown number of middle school students.

The affected elementary school students were given snack food instead, but the others received nothing.

Huppert says about half of the nearly $10,000 owed to the district has since been paid.


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  • by Sue Location: Nebraska on Jan 12, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    I caught this story on CNN. Come on people, get some perspective. They aren't denied EATING, just the hot lunch. Most kids would PREFER peanut butter and jelly (I know mine would). I do think that if a parent proves they don't have the money, the school/govt should provide, but what they're talking about is parents who are too busy to check their kid's backpacks for the note from the school. Our school even sends email reminders! Parents need to stop blaming everyone else for their irresponsibility, and that includes the schools.
  • by Marie Location: greeley on Jan 12, 2009 at 04:56 AM
    So children of illegal aliens get free lunches and the others get peanutbutter and jelly?
  • by tam Location: springs on Jan 11, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    Not shame on the district. Shame on the parents. That is the problem these days Lazy parents and Kids not being taken care of correctly. Every parent can find the time to either give the kids money or make sure its paid.
  • by Douglas Location: New Jersey on Jan 11, 2009 at 04:25 PM
    I think that people have to realize that a school has to be fiscally responsible. Allowing a deficit of $10,000 related to outstanding lunch balances is ridiculous. Districts in this same situation nation wide are not denying food to those students on free/reduced lunch programs, they are not allowing those who can afford to pay to run up bills. Because it is a school everyone gets their back up. No one complains when utilities are shut off due bills not being paid. For a lunch balance to get up to $6 or more parents have had to send their son/daughter to school more than one day to create a balance of that amount. This is not a one time occurance. Rather than blaming the school for not wanting to go deeper in dept, look at the families that are not paying their bills; are not sending their children to school with lunch money when they can afford to; or are refusing to send them to school without a lunch. That is the real issue to be debated.
  • by Anonymous Location: Fountain, Co on Jan 10, 2009 at 05:47 PM
    My son goes to school on Ft. Carson and I had paid for lunch for the whole week and on Friday he had to eat a sack lunch due to they had put his money on someone else's tab. So they were saying he owed money and as someone else said after you owe so much you get a sack lunch at his school. He did not owe money and they sure gave me the money back for that sack lunch. Got that straight really fast as I do pay for his lunch's and they put it on someone else's tab. I do not feel any child should ever be denied a lunch as they are the child and the parent should make sure they either have a lunch to take or lunch money to pay for their lunches.
  • by ED Location: C/S on Jan 9, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    What a bunch of whiners! If your to busy to remember your kids lunches then you're to busy to make dinner. What's wrong with you people? We are so ready to blame others for any discomforts in life. Be parents and do right by your kids and be parents.
  • by anon Location: c/s on Jan 9, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    this is what happens when greedy ski resorts rake in the bucks and hire cheap help - maybe the city of Steamboat should pick up the tab. The hired hands live in trailer parks and can barely afford to make ends meet - the math doesn't work here!
  • by Krystal on Jan 9, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    They aren't being denied food, they at least get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and some fruit its better then nothing, if they can't afford it then they should bring their own food or just be glad that they get something, it doesn't have to be hot lunch.
  • by DEONDRA Location: FT. CARSON on Jan 9, 2009 at 08:27 AM
    Fort Carson schools included. I am in the military and we are very busy. We sometimes get called in at all kinds of hours and you do forget your childs lunch money. In food service you estimate how much food you have to cook. So the food is already prepared before the child gets in line. So, you tell me you rather discard the food that has already been prepared before you allow a child to eat. The are ways to contact parents if the child is in the negetive. I know they are fully aware of the parents who pays once they are informed. Now thank about this. I have had to go to the school because my child was being cheated, I feel. I noticed when she took her lunch to school, she was still being charged for the school lunch, When she decided she didn't want to eat because she didn't like what they had, they would make her take at least a fruit and they would charge her for the whole meal cost also I told my child to call me if she couldn't eat and the school would not let her call.
  • by michelle Location: 80907 on Jan 9, 2009 at 07:54 AM
    I THINK ALL CHILDREN SHOULD HAVE A GOOD LUNCH MONEY OR NO MONEY IT IS NOT THE CHILD'S FALT THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO EAT
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