A group of Georgia parents are livid after learning their children have been served moldy and expired food at school.
Parents and staff at Wayne County Head Start in Wayne County, Georgia, say the serving of moldy and expired food has been going on for weeks now.
“He comes home and he's constantly hungry,” Mattie Genaux, one of the concerned parents, told WTOC about her son. “Granted, boys are typically always hungry, but he is starving. And his weight, he's not gaining anything.
“He is actually not gaining anything at all, and I'm worried.”
The Head Start program is designed for low income families. Some people are concerned that lunch at school is the only meal some of these students get each day.
One parent sent the news station photos of the moldy French fries and old coleslaw her 4-year-old daughter was served by Wayne County Head Start during lunch one day. Another parent claimed her child was hospitalized and was constantly vomiting after eating the cafeteria food.
Even a school employee came forward on Sept. 21 and wrote WTOC an email saying that she’s seen the moldy and expired food firsthand. The unnamed source said the school’s director told staff the issue was being reported but added that human resources did not have any records of complaints.
Genaux once asked if she could pack lunch for her son, but the school’s director said she was not allowed to do so.
“I asked her, ‘Hey, can I bring him lunch? Can I bring him his snacks?’ And it is actually against their school policy,” Genaux said. “Their policy is that no food is allowed to be brought from outside the facility, even though all the food is, because nothing is cooked on site.”
Parents will be meeting with school officials on Sept. 22 to further discuss the ongoing food issue.