Lunch Shaming Is Still An Issue In Pennsylvania Schools

Lunch shaming is, again, an issue in Pennsylvania public schools.

Joe DeStio
November 08, 2019 - 9:43 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Lunch shaming is, again, an issue in Pennsylvania public schools.

A 2017 state law banned lunch shaming—when schools would give a different lunch to children who rolled up cafeteria debt—was reversed this past summer because some districts were on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars.

Bethlehem area superintendent Joseph Roy said that their “concern with the lunch shaming law was that there was no real downside to just not paying because your kid is going to get lunch anyways.”

Roy says some parents just wouldn’t fill out the paper work for a free regular lunch.

It’s not an issue in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, where the district qualifies for every student to get a free lunch.  

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