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School District in Rhode Island to Serve Students Who Owe Lunch Money Only Jelly Sandwiches

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08.05.2019

In the latest example of a practice sometimes called “lunch shaming,” a school district in Rhode Island has announced that it will soon give its students with unpaid lunch debt only sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwiches, while other students still have the option to choose from a variety of hot meals.

The decision was announced on Sunday and will go into effect on May 13, according to Warwick Public Schools. The school district, which has more than 9,000 students, has said it has 1,653 families with outstanding lunch debt. In the Providence suburb, nearly 40 percent of students have qualified for free or reduced-price lunches.

A district official told the Providence Journal that the policy is necessary, as the district is owed more than $40,000 in lunch money (other officials told other local news outlets that the total was closer to $77,000) and is operating on a budget deficit in the millions. The district has said it will........

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