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Mother Claims Smithville School Denied Her Child a Hot Lunch Several Times

The parent spoke out following reports of a Utah school denying children lunch.

The mother of a Smithville Elementary School fifth grader claims her child has been denied a hot lunch by the school cafeteria several times over the past two years, NBC40 reports.

The parent claims her child was denied a hot lunch because of an outstanding balance. Her child was given a cheese sandwich instead, according to the report.

She spoke up after revelations that a similar situation unfolded in a Utah school in which 40 children were denied a hot lunch, and in some instances had their lunch seized from them after already receiving it, because of outstanding balances. In those cases, children were given a piece of fruit and milk.

In Smithville, if a parent owes more than $25, their child is given what is called an "alternative lunch," according to the report. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Annette Giaquinto told NBC40 there are alerts in place should a parent come close to owing more than is permitted on the account. She said a child is never denied lunch.

The parent did eventually speak with the Smithville Elementary School principal who apologized, according to the report. The cafeteria has not received any complaints this year.
Ronda Cluff February 01, 2014 at 09:22 AM
My daughter has been in Galloway schools for 8 years now and as far as I know, the policy of giving a child a sandwich in place of a hot lunch if there is an outstanding balance has always been in place and has been publicized on the monthly school menu and elsewhere. Several years ago, before I signed up for automatic payments to her lunch account, my daughter's balance ran into the negative and a note was sent home letting me know. I don't think any child should be denied lunch, but I believe the district has made its policy quite clear over the years and I don't think it's a hardship for a child to eat a sandwich for lunch until the parent can get the account replenished. And if there is a financial hardship, I'm thinking the parent should try to apply for the free lunch program.
galloway7757 February 01, 2014 at 07:09 PM
The Galloway Township school district makes me want to puke. To deny a kid lunch and throw it away in their faces is morally wrong. At the same time, parents need to keep an eye on their children's account. In the end this all affects the taxpayers who are funding these lunches in the first place. I and numerous other residents are tired of the abuse of taxpayers by the Galloway Township public schools.
Michael Cluff February 02, 2014 at 02:08 PM
Galloway7757, nobody in Galloway threw away someone's lunch. That reprehensible event happened in Utah. What happened here is that Smithville gave the child a cheese sandwich when their account had a zero balance for a long period of time.
galloway7757 February 02, 2014 at 03:03 PM
Michael, I have heard from my neighbors and numerous others that they throw away the lunch. Throwing it away or not, it is insulting to the young student and the taxpayers.
Michael Cluff February 02, 2014 at 08:34 PM
If so, that's horrible. But it doesn't jibe with the original story, so I'd need to hear more.
Mary Crawford February 03, 2014 at 09:28 AM
They do not throw away a lunch. Give me a break. Don't just hide behind an alias and type whatever you feel like.
galloway7757 February 03, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Mary, it has been reported in every local news outlet that they take the lunch and throw it away .From NBC40, to Philadelphia, to the NJ Star Ledger. Just because it has not happened to you personally does not mean that it does not occur.
galloway7757 February 03, 2014 at 10:57 AM
http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2014/02/galloway_township_mother_says_elementary_school_lunch_staff_threw_her_away_her_sons_lunch.html#incart_river
galloway7757 February 03, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Read the article and tell me what you have to say. I have heard that they do from my neighbors that their kids come home from school and tell them that their friends had their lunch thrown away in their face. That and it is all over the news that this is what the GTPS (Galloway Public Schools) do. I am sorry that you defend "educators" who have no morals whatsoever.
Mary Crawford February 03, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Just because an article is repeated over and over again does not make it true. The policy is clear and more than fair. Smithville School is a wonderful elementary school with caring and dedicated teachers - my child was there for 8 years. I am not "sorry" to defend them.
galloway7757 February 03, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Well its sad to see that we have individuals like yourself who defend individuals with no morals (by your own admission). You feel that it's okay for young students to be hurt by foolish individuals along with the taxpayers who don't benefit from this to be stabbed in their back. Truly sickening.
tintonfallsretiree February 03, 2014 at 04:14 PM
First Mary Crawford says that someone made this all up. Now she changes course and now says that despite multiple sources (news and individual citizens) stating the same thing, it is still not true. That is what a public education does for you. You contradict yourself and refuse to accept the truth. No one said the policy was not clear or fair. What we are saying is that the public school district along with the parents are both accountable as they are both using taxpayer money. To take something out on a young student for a parent related matter is morally wrong. But then again we have a public school supporter who states that these so called "educators" are caring and dedicated. I can't wait to see what she has to say when it all comes out that this is indeed what was done to the young kids and the taxpayers.
Diogenes February 07, 2014 at 04:57 PM
Galloway7757 and tintonfallsretiree's legs must be very tired from jumping to conclusions without actually knowing the facts of this alleged incident. If I had a nickel for every baseless accusation made by a parent about schools and teachers I would be as rich as Warren Buffet.
galloway7757 February 07, 2014 at 10:59 PM
Diogenes, you dont even know the difference between a private and a charter school. If I had a penny for every lie from the public schools, I would not only be richer than Warren Buffett but make three times as much as him in a year.

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