This Lunch Lady Who Quit After a Policy Prevented Her From Feeding a Hungry Child Is Our Hero
Stacy Koltiska, a former lunchroom staffer at an elementary school in Pennsylvania, is doing her part to fight back against a completely messed up policy that seems to discriminate against low-income students.
Here's what happened: Koltiska, who worked the register in the cafeteria, was prevented from serving a hot meal to a boy at the school because he had a negative balance on his account. According to a policy implemented in the Canon-McMillan school district this fall, students with more than a $25 negative balance on their account cannot receive a hot meal. Instead, these students are given two slices of wheat bread with a single, cold slice of cheese in the middle, and the contents of meal they tried to purchase are thrown away — even though the parents of the child will still be charged the full price of $2.05 for the meal.
"His eyes welled up with tears. I'll never forget his name, the look on his face," Koltiska told Action News 4 WTAE.
After the incident, Koltiska resigned, calling the policy "shameful."
"God is love, and we should love one another and be kind," Koltiska told the Washington Post. "There's enough wealth in this world that no child should go hungry, especially in school. To me this is just wrong."
In response to questions raised about the policy, the school district's superintendent Matthew Daniels told Action News WTAE that before the policy was put in place, more than 300 families owed the district between $60,000 and $100,000 every year, and since they've implemented the policy, only 70 families owe the district a total of $20,000.
"There has never been the intent with the adoption of this policy to shame or embarrass a child," Daniels said.
Even so, we're glad Koltiska is taking a stand for students who can't.
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