Legal Aid has been advocating for six years to prohibit the unacceptable practice of denying hot lunch to low-income children who have insufficient funds in their lunch accounts. Many Minnesota districts employ the questionable practices that have garnered national media attention and scrutiny – such as dumping lunches in the garbage and stamping children’s hands. School districts impose these objectionable policies on front line workers who often have no choice but to carry them out.
A total of 309 public school districts – or 94% of all districts statewide – responded to a 2013 request by Legal Aid for data regarding their school lunch policies and practices for low-income children who cannot pay.
Read the full report here.
To read a statement from Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid on this topic, click here.