A mother claims her daughter’s school made her go hungry, even though she had money to pay for lunch.
Robbye Goddard told FOX23 that her daughter was denied lunch at her school because of an alleged computer glitch that erased records of what students get free and reduced price lunches.
The lunch server reportedly threw the girl’s lunch away because she did not have enough money to pay the full price.
“[She] takes her plate of food and throws it in the garbage. And I’m like, 'What?'” said Goddard.
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“What would it hurt, even if there was a glitch in the system, for her to take her name, take her money, ya know, write it down and let her eat,” said Goddard.
The principal at Memorial High School says there was no computer glitch.
“An upset parent called the school about her daughter not getting to eat because her free and reduced lunch form had not been processed,” the principal wrote in a message.
Goddard’s daughter may not be the only student to not have their free or reduced lunch application processed as of the school’s deadline.
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Goddard says her daughter has been approved for the lower price lunch program since the first day of school, reports KRMG.
Goddard spoke with the school principal and was happy to hear administrators were concerned over the lunch server’s behavior.
“They’re looking into their policy about throwing food away in front of children, not that they threw the food away, but in front of the kids,” Goddard said.
In a surprising discovery, Goddard read the district’s policy that allows students at the high school level to go hungry if they do not have enough money in their account.
“According to this, at the high school level no charges are allowed at all and no alternative meals are given. That concerns me -- our high school students are just as important as our students as other grade levels,” Goddard said.
Goddard believes the school district’s policy needs to be changed.
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