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Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

Lunch Lady Fired for Giving Free Lunch to Low-Income Student

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Arguably, next to recess, lunchtime is one part of the day that schoolchildren look forward to the most. It's a time to grab some grub and socialize with friends. Dianne Brame, the cafeteria manager at Hudson Elementary School in Webster Groves, Missouri, said she knows each one of her students by name. Brame took a special interest in one fourth grade boy. She noticed that he used to be on the free lunch program, but he had not been renewed to continue receiving free meals. Brame believed that was because his mother, who does not speak English, did not understand the paperwork for getting access to the meals.

So Brame stepped in and tried communicating with the family through the mail, but to no avail. Any kids who do not have current eligibility status are allowed to receive only three free regular meals. After that, the protocol is that these kids receive only a cheese sandwich and a carton of milk. Brame feared that the boy would be made fun of or bullied. So she gave him a free regular lunch for two months.

An employee reported Brame's actions to Chartwells, the food service company employed by the school that prepares the food served to the students. Chartwells then fired Brame. But the story does not end there.

When Chartwells found out the full details of the boy's story and why Brame took the actions that she did, they rehired her and said it was all just a misunderstanding. They released the following statement: "Chartwells appreciates the concern of this employee, and of all of our employees, who put the well being of school children first."

Brame told local TV station KSDK that she knew she had broken the rules, but she was trying to prevent the young man from being made fun of, and she would do it all over again, adding, "I don't think any kid should be hungry."

Hail to the lunch lady!
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:02 PM

(You should have included the 're-hired' part in the title)

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:06 PM

That socialist wench should have stayed fired and gone to jail for theft.

^So much sarcasm.
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:06 PM

Free cheese sandy and milk?

If that were the case when I was going to school, I'd consider myself lucky...
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:11 PM

Wow I guess the old adage about there being "no such thing as a free lunch" really is true.
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:14 PM

Classic Chartwells.
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:43 PM

Props to this lunch lady!, I remember my lunch lady , If I didn't have cash on me at the momment, she'd always let me pay next time :)
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:46 PM

What are these lunch ladies?!


Everyone in my school brought their own lunch every day..
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:46 PM

That socialist wench should have stayed fired and gone to jail for theft.

^So much sarcasm.


+1 to you sir.

How dare she take food out of the mouths of the shareholders of Chartwells.
Immigrants, women and communists ruining America hand-in-hand-in-hand.

There's no such thing as a free lunch, people!

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:25 PM


Edited by zero-ONE-three, 18 December 2012 - 08:26 PM.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:27 PM

Damn her to heck! That evil witch.
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:39 PM

I do the same.

It's not her job to give free food away.

If I worked at mcdonalds by the main st station, I started giving out free food to low income people, I will get fired.

Same thing here.

She deserved it.
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:43 PM

I do the same.

It's not her job to give free food away.

If I worked at mcdonalds by the main st station, I started giving out free food to low income people, I will get fired.

Same thing here.

She deserved it.


Dude this isn't a bum walking into McDonalds and begging for a free hamburger this is a lunch lady at a school not wanting to see a low income student go hungry...there is a gigantic difference.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:10 PM

Dude this isn't a bum walking into McDonalds and begging for a free hamburger this is a lunch lady at a school not wanting to see a low income student go hungry...there is a gigantic difference.


They already had free meals at this school, she just didn't want the kid to look like he needed free meals.
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:17 PM

This seems odd. When I went to school in the US kids from low income families got free lunch.

There were 4 stations. Italian, American, Mexican and Salad Bar. Lunch cost $1.25. You had to purchase tickets in advance to buy lunch. If you were from low income family you get free tickets for the year.

For example if you chose to eat at the American station on any given day you'd get a burger, fries, fruit, and milk. On Italian you would get a slice of pizza, fries, fruit and milk. The salad bar was self serve, all you can eat on one plate plus milk and fruit etc.
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:39 PM

They already had free meals at this school, she just didn't want the kid to look like he needed free meals.

They already had free meals at this school, she just didn't want the kid to look like he needed free meals.


Not sure how this worked at the school in question but no student could pay for meals by using cash at my school. Everyone had pre-paid tickets. This way the servers or other students did NOT know if student paid for those tickets or received them for free due to low income status.
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:41 PM

Sloppy joe...slop..sloppy joe...navy beans navy beans navy beans navy beans. Best lunch lady ever.
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:11 PM

This seems odd. When I went to school in the US kids from low income families got free lunch.

There were 4 stations. Italian, American, Mexican and Salad Bar. Lunch cost $1.25. You had to purchase tickets in advance to buy lunch. If you were from low income family you get free tickets for the year.

For example if you chose to eat at the American station on any given day you'd get a burger, fries, fruit, and milk. On Italian you would get a slice of pizza, fries, fruit and milk. The salad bar was self serve, all you can eat on one plate plus milk and fruit etc.


That welfare state you describe sounds like a dystopian nightmare.
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:28 PM

That welfare state you describe sounds like a dystopian nightmare.


lol. Yeah I was very surprised when I moved there. At my school here in B.C. it would cost approx. $5 just for a burger, if you add fries, apple and milk it would be around $8. In the US $1.25 got you a full lunch. If you chose the salad bar like most athletes did, you were stuffed. There were no hungry kids in my school.

The kicker is this was during the Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton era. It wasn't during Obama's so called socialist utopia.
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Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:20 AM

What are these lunch ladies?!


Everyone in my school brought their own lunch every day..


Cafeteria culture is commonplace in America and Atlantic Canada. I've never seen Chartwells here in Vancouver's schools (not including post-secondary)
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Posted 19 December 2012 - 11:15 AM

She was not fired for giving food to a child. That's a typical sensationalist headline many people here have and will predictably fall for.

She was fired because she didn't follow the rules, and she admitted she would do it again.

She was re-hired because of political correctness and image, and the school was doing some damage control when they were in the right.

It's the mother's fault for not filing the paperwork.

Futhermore, the children for incompetent parents were still given free food just not "meals".

There are plenty of free English/ESL courses throughout the USA, parents just want government doing everything for them.

This is a travesty but the travesty is how many illegal immigrants (likely the situation here) refuse to learn the native language of the country they move to, and in their own stupidity/ignorance are a burden for their children that taxpayers have to make up for.
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Posted 19 December 2012 - 11:25 AM

She was re-hired because of political correctness and image, and the school was doing some damage control when they were in the right.


Sure they were technically in the right, but they didn't have to jump to firing as the first course of action. They had other options available to them.
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Posted 19 December 2012 - 11:45 AM

Sure they were technically in the right, but they didn't have to jump to firing as the first course of action. They had other options available to them.

Schools in the US are supposed to, by their state constitutions, be amongst the first for allocated funds but wind up being among the first to get cuts. So typically they are finicky about wasting funds and someone breaking rules at a financial expense of the school (when I worked for a district doing IT after high school, every year I had to go before the board to justify why I was getting paid what I was).. food obviously represents quite an expense. I can't say I'd have fired this person but rest assured not following protocol would have resulted in some serious discipline at minimum. I just hope this was the only student she didn't follow protocol with, and that other children who have parents who can actually fill out paperwork didn't miss out.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 11:55 AM

Schools in the US are supposed to, by their state constitutions, be amongst the first for allocated funds but wind up being among the first to get cuts. So typically they are finicky about wasting funds and someone breaking rules at a financial expense of the school (when I worked for a district doing IT after high school, every year I had to go before the board to justify why I was getting paid what I was).. food obviously represents quite an expense. I can't say I'd have fired this person but rest assured not following protocol would have resulted in some serious discipline at minimum. I just hope this was the only student she didn't follow protocol with, and that other children who have parents who can actually fill out paperwork didn't miss out.


Damn them!! .. wasting funds by feeding a hungry child .. you would have fit into the Nazi model perfectly with your "rules .. rules that MUST be obeyed at all times" ..
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Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:32 PM

I wonder how much money schools would save if they didn't have cafeterias period.
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Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:32 PM

Schools in the US are supposed to, by their state constitutions, be amongst the first for allocated funds but wind up being among the first to get cuts. So typically they are finicky about wasting funds and someone breaking rules at a financial expense of the school (when I worked for a district doing IT after high school, every year I had to go before the board to justify why I was getting paid what I was).. food obviously represents quite an expense. I can't say I'd have fired this person but rest assured not following protocol would have resulted in some serious discipline at minimum. I just hope this was the only student she didn't follow protocol with, and that other children who have parents who can actually fill out paperwork didn't miss out.


True, food is an expense, but obviously she had enough available that she was able to give away a meal for two months without it being noticed. So based on the information available, it doesn't seem like what she was doing had any negative impact elsewhere.

Having said that though, there is a system and she should have been following it. It's just that there are several layers of disciplinary action the employer could have taken rather than going straight to terminating her. Considering her acts were not for personal gain they could have coached her on proper procedure or maybe even suspended her for a day or a week. Firing just seems a little extreme in this case.
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Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:34 PM

Damn them!! .. wasting funds by feeding a hungry child .. you would have fit into the Nazi model perfectly with your "rules .. rules that MUST be obeyed at all times" ..


Feeding hungry children is admirable (though doing it at school should be redundant in any western welfare state).

Why the need to operate a food service industry for everyone though? Seems odd to subsidize food for everyone especially given the obesity epidemic in children today!
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Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:02 PM

Feeding hungry children is admirable (though doing it at school should be redundant in any western welfare state).

Why the need to operate a food service industry for everyone though? Seems odd to subsidize food for everyone especially given the obesity epidemic in children today!


Remember that article I posted a while ago?




Pizza still a vegetable for U.S. schools

2 tablespoons of tomato paste suffice as veggie: Congress

http://www.cbc.ca/news/offbeat/story/2011/11/18/pizza-school.html


Im pretty sure Food Network host Jamie Oliver did a report on how horrible inadequate US school lunches are.


Do you know what your child is eating at school? You probably think his school is providing him with a wholesome and nutritious meal, but in reality, he may be eating just about the worst quality meat he could get his hands on.
A recent study released by the American College of Cardiology found that students who ate lunch provided by the National School Lunch Program were more likely to be obese compared to students who brought lunch from home. In addition, kids who ate school-provided lunches were more likely to eat fatty meals, drink sugary beverages, and eat fewer fruits and vegetables than their counterparts.

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program that provides more than 30.5 million students in over 101,000 schools with low-cost or free meals. The meals provided are said to be nutritionally balanced, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) maintains the meat given for the National School Lunch Program meets all standards for commercial products.
However, a recent USA Today investigation found that the meat provided by the government for the National School Lunch Program has often been turned down by fast food restaurants, such as McDonald's and Burger King, for failing to meet their quality or safety standards.

New, higher standards for fast food restaurants may be part of the reason that schools are receiving their rejected meat. Fast food chains test their meat for bacteria and dangerous pathogens up to five to 10 times more a day than the USDA tests the meat used in the National School Lunch Program, and the standards for fast food meat have been found to be 10 times stricter.
The meat that is provided to schools does meet, and can even exceed, the minimum standard for meat sold to supermarkets, but it can still be unsettling to know where it is coming from. The USA Today investigation found that government rules regarding meat safety have fallen far behind the regulations set for fast food restaurants and retailers, and often times the USDA provides schools with thousands of tons of chicken meat from birds known as "spent hens" - birds past their egg-laying prime that would otherwise go into pet food or compost heaps. These same birds are turned down by both Kentucky Fried Chicken and Campbell Soup Company due to low quality.


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Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:06 PM

What's next? Universal health care?

Whatever happened to FREEDOM?!? As in, freedom to let a kid starve because his mom didn't fill out some papers...
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