Free lunches offered after Attleboro, Mass. student denied food

Published On: Apr 08 2013 08:35:22 AM HST

A food service company spokesman says it has fired four employees after 25 students at a Massachusetts school were denied lunches this week because the students' prepaid accounts ran low.

If students don't have enough money for lunch they are supposed to be given a cheese sandwich and milk. But this week at Cohelo Middle School, some students said they had to go hungry.

Jason Mota, an eighth-grader at the school, said he got a rude surprise.

"I had food on my tray, and they said, 'You don't have enough money.' And they made me throw it away in the trash," he said.

About 25 kids went hungry because they didn't have the cash or their pre-paid cards were maxed out.

"I am outraged first off that food was wasted over no reason. They are kids. It wasn't their fault," parent Suzanna Nie said.

Whitsons Food Service provides lunches for all Attleboro schools.

"On behalf of Whitsons, I would like to formally apologize for the recent incident that took place," said company spokeswoman Holly Van Seggern.

The company said cafeteria employees acted on their own.

"It was really stupid being the only one at my table without food," Mota said. "It was kind of embarrassing, but I was also not offered anything after."

Whitsons the said the outstanding balance districtwide on prepaid lunch cards is only $1,800. As a good will gesture, next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, all the kids at the middle school will be getting free lunch.


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