Frustrated Cafeteria Worker Quits Over ‘Lunch Shaming’ Policy
The politics of giving lunch to students took an ugly turn for one woman in Pittsburgh.
Stacy Koltiska, a lunch lady who spent the last two years at Wylandville Elementary School, resigned last week after a new new rule in which students whose parents are delinquent in paying for lunches are denied meals.
The new policy means a hot item will be switched to a sandwich if parents of kids between kindergarten and sixth grade owe more than $25, while older kids will get no food if the debt is at least $25.
Koltiska was so infuriated about it she took to Facebook:
Koltiska also feels making kids the victims in this is not right. “I’m not saying the parents shouldn’t be held accountable, but I think there has to be a better way than involving the children,” she says.
The school district implemented beginning this school year and informed parents of the change. Superintendent Michael Daniels says, "There has never been the intent with the adoption of this policy to shame or embarrass a child," noting the number of families with outstanding balances dropped from 300 to 66.