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.
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….