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    Default Cafeteria Worker Fired After Giving Food to Student

    Lunch lady offered to pay district the $1.70 cost of the meal she gave to a student without money

    One local lunch lady is out of a job after School District 25 fired her for giving a middle school student a free meal. There has been an uproar on social media about the incident, and many community members are not happy. Dalene Bowden has worked as a lunch lady for three years. She says, this school year alone between 80 to 100 kids have told her they’re starving, adding that she does not regret what she did for that little girl. Bowden says, "My heart hurts. I truly loved my job, and I can't say that I wouldn't do it again."

    It’s been a week since Bowden lost her job at Irving Middle School. When speaking to KPVI she can barely form words when describing what led to her dismissal. KPVI News Reporter Magdala Louissaint asked, 'Why did you do it? You said you loved your job?" Bowden said, “Because they're hungry what do you do? Send them out there so they can get it taken away and thrown away, no!"

    Last Tuesday, December 15, 2015, Bowden was working as a server when a 12-year-old girl told her she didn’t have any lunch money and was hungry. Bowden tells us what she did, "So I handed her the food and said here we'll take care of it in a minute." Bowden’s supervisor saw what happened and reported her, "He said I was on permanent leave until he called me. I should not call them he will call me. And they never called me... then I got the letter."

    Signed and written by School District 25 Director of Human Resources, in that letter, Bowden was terminated for ‘Theft.’ She says, "I think it's ridiculous,” said Dean Molder. Other residents in Pocatello do not agree with the school district’s decision. Justin Huse said, “That's absurd. That's a ridiculous reason to fire somebody." Jennifer Otte said, "I understand rules, but not when a child is hungry."

    Through social media Bowden has rallied quite a number of supporters. She tells KPVI parents of Irving Middle School students want her back, but Dean Molder says there’s a bigger problem here, "If a kid cannot pay for a meal, or a parent cannot pay for a meal and a person is punished for feeding that kid. Somebody's got it wrong. Something is not right."

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    very sad to read stories like this. You don't want staff giving away merchandise but to fire someone over 1.70 seems a tad harsh. The bigger issue of why is a 12 year old "starving" is a whole other matter. There's a lot of parents out there who are simply not capable or unwilling to take care of their children.

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    how can you look a hungry kid in the eye and say "Sorry, I know a lot of this food is going to be thrown away, but NO FOOD FOR YOU..it's the policy"

    Still, this worker, and this kid and lots of kids like her, pay the price for the parents failures

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    how can you look a hungry kid in the eye and say "Sorry, I know a lot of this food is going to be thrown away, but NO FOOD FOR YOU..it's the policy"
    It's easy when you're government. You see, your children belong to them and they'll decide what and when that child will eat. Just like the story last year of the school official who deemed a child's lunch was not appropriate so she threw it in the garbage.
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    I let my sons give their lunch cards to kids who don't have any money on their, no way am I letting a kid go hungry.

    Does anyone else find the irony in the fact that we have an entire agency (USAID) dedicated to providing for the poor of other nations, but we fire a lady making minimum wage because she has a soul and gave the little girl a free lunch.

    How about instead of firing the lady, they install a new policy that kids are given the free meal, but the child's name is taken down, given to the Principal, and the Principal works on getting that family financial aid (which is available through a countless list of school programs) so that the kid can eat.

    See how hard that was, a new policy, without tons of regulations or the firing of a lunch lady. Whew, this governing sure is tough, I don't know how they do it.
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    Idaho cafeteria worker who was fired for giving free lunch is offered her job back

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    The cafeteria worker who said she was fired from an Idaho middle school for giving a hungry student a free lunch was offered her job back on Christmas Eve.

    The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District released a 615-word statement detailing its role in the community and the importance of nutrition before revealing at the end that Dalene Bowden could return to work.

    Bowden said a 12-year-old Irving Middle School student didn't have any money to pay for the hot lunch. The cost: $1.70.

    The district had placed Bowden on leave Dec. 15 before deciding to fire her earlier this week, she said.

    Part of the school district's lengthy statement released Thursday reads, "During this holiday season, emotions and feelings abound in the spirit of giving and looking after the needs of others." It continues, "Our District focuses on the success of every student and recognizes nutrition is an important part of each student’s education and learning."

    Finally, the last sentence ends, "The District has been in communication with Ms. Bowden extending an opportunity for her to return to employment with the District."

    There was no immediate comment from Bowden about whether she'd return to work.

    Tens of thousands of people had rushed to her defense. A petition supporting Bowden racked up more than 38,000 online signatures as of Wednesday.

    "Lunch room policies should prioritize kindness and making sure kids recieve a nutritious lunch so they can be ready to learn," supporter Raushelle Guzman wrote in the petition, calling for the district to let Bowden return to work.

    Students are allowed to charge up to $11.00, but workers can still give them some food if they exceed that limit, according to reports.





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    hey, people who really care about kids employed by a school system. Revolutionary

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    Simple, give all food to all students. Free. Any left over goes to feed inmates in prisons. If there is not enough food left over to feed the prisoners, they die and we save tax money spent on their upkeep.

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    personally i don't understand why 12 year olds kids need a cafeteria at all. And certainly don't know why the state has to pay for most of it. I didn't have access to a cafeteria until high school. And if I wanted to buy something there I paid for it. Why don't kids just bring a bag lunch to school like we do here?

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    firing her in the first place was ridiculous. I wonder if there were other reasons. Maybe she was tardy, or didn't have good work ethic, or something, and that was the final straw.

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    When my mom taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade, they would find all kinds of ways to feed the kids they knew were hungry. It's pretty heartbreaking to hear about the times she had to report to CPS and the kids were getting beaten. One kid was being raped by her father.

    On the flip side, when my parents lied in Orange County before I was born, she had a 3rd grader with a probation officer, and it wasn't out of the ordinary for situations like this to occur: A pregnant substitute teacher was on recess duty talking to my mom, and a 3rd grader walked up to her and asked, "Who fucked you?"

    Anyway, Mike has hit the nail on the head here. My father in law rails against these commercials running in SoCal about how something like 1 in 3 to 1 in 5 kids are starving in America. His response is, 'If you can't feed your kid, that's child abuse. But there just CAN'T be that many kids going hungry.' And it's true, the statistics they use are a real stretch. Basically, if parents ever just once had to stretch food out at the end of the month, any children of theirs were considered starving.

    Either way, if you can't consistently feed your kid, isn't that a huge problem? That's not even addressing the fact that the free lunch program is full of fraud because they only examine something like 2% of those that apply. All you have to do, at least the way it used to be, is put down what you make, and if it isn't enough, your kid gets free lunch. When they audit the 2%, if you can't prove it or don't respond, your kid is simply dropped from the list. So fraud is likely very rampant in the free lunch system. But we will fire this lady over $1.70.

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    whether a parent can or cannot feed their kid appropriately is of course a big issue

    but frame it up this way.....is it the kid's fault? should the kid be punished and left to go hungry to punish the parent? are we that worried that a kid will be desensitized about taking hand outs that we'll accept a kid being hungry in one of the wealthiest nations in the world? Maybe it's not so much teaching a kid to look for handouts as it is teaching the kid about compassion.

    that's crazy. The parent already knows the kid is hungry and has found a way to rationalize their responsibility for it away. You are not punishing the parent. And should we take the kid out of the home and put him into a foster care system that is so over taxed right now that kids are being abused and even LOST in foster care with no one knowing about it?

    so what's the solution? we want every kid who goes to school to get the best out of it...other wise it's a waste of resources to send the kid to school. Can a kid get the most out of it if his stomach is growling and he is humiliated that the other kids know what's going on?

    I think a couple of bucks a day spent on each student for food is a pretty good investment in their future if you ask me. feeds them body, mind and soul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    whether a parent can or cannot feed their kid appropriately is of course a big issue

    but frame it up this way.....is it the kid's fault? should the kid be punished and left to go hungry to punish the parent? are we that worried that a kid will be desensitized about taking hand outs that we'll accept a kid being hungry in one of the wealthiest nations in the world? Maybe it's not so much teaching a kid to look for handouts as it is teaching the kid about compassion.

    that's crazy. The parent already knows the kid is hungry and has found a way to rationalize their responsibility for it away. You are not punishing the parent. And should we take the kid out of the home and put him into a foster care system that is so over taxed right now that kids are being abused and even LOST in foster care with no one knowing about it?

    so what's the solution? we want every kid who goes to school to get the best out of it...other wise it's a waste of resources to send the kid to school. Can a kid get the most out of it if his stomach is growling and he is humiliated that the other kids know what's going on?

    I think a couple of bucks a day spent on each student for food is a pretty good investment in their future if you ask me. feeds them body, mind and soul
    I agree.

    When it comes to hunger, there is no "personal responsibility" or "my parents did it, why cant yours" as far as I'm concerned.

    Nor do I give a shit about cost to the taxpayer. Our school districts are notorious wasters of massive amounts of money. The waste is mostly in administrative positions and state of the art schools i.e. technology.

    When I was 9 years old, my mom was raising us on her own, due to my dad becoming brain damaged. At that time, the minimum wage was about 3 something an hour. As a result, money didn't go very far. My mom was a RESPONSIBLE mother but we were poor. I never went hungry but that free school lunch was a great BENEFIT to my overall well-being.

    We can afford to give free lunches again and should. The state requires that kids be in school for 8 hours, then they can feed them. I can't stand Hillary Clinton but I'm going to agree with her on one thing she said: "It takes a village..."

    Providing free meals is a good investment. Requiring a tablet isn't. Spare me the cost argument...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    whether a parent can or cannot feed their kid appropriately is of course a big issue

    but frame it up this way.....is it the kid's fault? should the kid be punished and left to go hungry to punish the parent? are we that worried that a kid will be desensitized about taking hand outs that we'll accept a kid being hungry in one of the wealthiest nations in the world? Maybe it's not so much teaching a kid to look for handouts as it is teaching the kid about compassion.

    that's crazy. The parent already knows the kid is hungry and has found a way to rationalize their responsibility for it away. You are not punishing the parent. And should we take the kid out of the home and put him into a foster care system that is so over taxed right now that kids are being abused and even LOST in foster care with no one knowing about it?

    so what's the solution? we want every kid who goes to school to get the best out of it...other wise it's a waste of resources to send the kid to school. Can a kid get the most out of it if his stomach is growling and he is humiliated that the other kids know what's going on?

    I think a couple of bucks a day spent on each student for food is a pretty good investment in their future if you ask me. feeds them body, mind and soul
    Up here one of the ways we find out people need help is when their kids show up to school without food. Often times if opens the door to much more dangerous family situations. Feeding everyone basically hides the kids who need help while spending limited resources on those that don't need the help.

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