Senator Ananich working to end lunch shaming
LANSING, Mich. --Senator Jim Ananich is working to make sure that no student has to deal with being shamed in the school lunch room.
He announced that a bill to put an end to lunch shaming on Thursday.
The legislation creates a “Hunger-Free Student Bill of Rights” to put a stop to practices that stigmatize students who do not have sufficient funds to pay for lunch, like requiring them to wear a wristband, perform chores or swap out their lunch for a substandard meal.
The bill would require schools to provide a USDA reimbursable meal to students with a lunch debt, unless the parents have indicated otherwise. The districts would be prohibited from throwing away meals after they are served due to a student's inability to pay.
“No child should have to go hungry in school, period,” said Ananich
Sen. Ananich was inspired to introduce the legislation after speaking with Harmony Lloyd, a constituent who became vocal on this issue after hearing that a local student had his lunch thrown away in front of other students due to an insufficient balance.
Senate Bill 1078 has been introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Education.