The Man Who Put A Stop to Lunch Shaming

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Many of us may not have heard the term “lunch shaming” — the practice of making children whose lunch accounts carry a negative balance either work off their lunches or forfeit their right to have a meal at all.

It’s become a common practice around the country — in some instances, children are stamped with the words “Needs Lunch Money”, have their meals taken away and thrown out or are forced to do menial chores to “earn” their lunch.

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Having experienced the stigma first-hand, New Mexico Senator Michael Padilla decided to put an end to it by providing the first bill that makes it outright illegal to lunch shame a child. To learn more about this bold and much-needed move, check out NPR’s article.

If you’d like to help ensure that every child receives a nutritious lunch, visit the school lunch fairy….

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