Stacy Koltiska, a cafeteria worker in Pennsylvania, has resigned her position at an elementary school after she was forced to take a hot meal from a student whose family had fallen behind on meal payments.
The Canon-McMillan School district recently implemented new policies for the meal accounts at schools. Any student from kindergarten to grade 6 with an unpaid balance of $25 or more will only be provided with a sandwich, fruit or vegetable, and milk. Students who are between grade 7 and 12 will not be permitted to charge additional meals to their account and will not receive lunch at all.
The sandwich provided isn't really a sandwich, though. It's a single slice of bread with a piece of cheese on it. The students are still charged the full price of receiving a hot meal.
"They're being charged the same price, and then we have to throw it away," Koltiska told WTAE. "Because once that child's touched that tray, we can't then serve it to someone else."
Stacy Koltiska says she will never forget the look in the eyes of the young boy she had to take a hot meal from. His eyes welled up with tears. Koltiska took to Facebook to voice her outrage.
Koltiska handed in her resignation later that week. In her resignation, she wrote "Adopting this policy has shown that this district places the bottom line as a priority over the children's most basic needs. I can no longer be a part of it."
Do you think this school's policy is too strict? Or do they have the right to not provide food to those who do not pay? Let us know in the comments!