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

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

By Melissa Knowles | Trending Now – 6 hrs ago

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/lunch-lady-fired-giving-free-lunch-low-income-182137604.html

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

Finally some good news!

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

^So much sarcasm.

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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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Wow I guess the old adage about there being "no such thing as a free lunch" really is true.

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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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What are these lunch ladies?!

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

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

^So much sarcasm.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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That welfare state you describe sounds like a dystopian nightmare.

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What are these lunch ladies?!

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

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