School tosses first grader's lunch over negative balance
VICTORIA, TX (KAVU) - A mother was shocked when she learned why her son, a first grade student at Aloe Elementary School in Victoria, TX, did not eat lunch at his school. Six-year-old Parker Taylor had his lunch thrown away on May 12 when his school lunch fund had a negative balance.
"If they are going to throw it away, why waste it," asks Loretta Garza, Parker's mother. She added, "There is no point of that. There are a lot of kids out there that are starving."
He was then given a cheese sandwich, but did not eat it after he was teased by classmates for getting his original lunch thrown away.
Garza said her son was embarrassed by the situation and cried when he told her what had happened. The same incident occurred last year at Aloe Elementary to her older son.
Victoria Independent School District officials said in a statement that they are not allowed by U.S. Department of Agriculture Regulations to give a child a meal that cannot be paid for. If they do, the VISD Child Nutrition Program would be in violation of those regulations.
Officials at VISD said that Parker was given a note the Friday before the incident, which notified his mother that his funds were low. She says she never received that note, and believes better communication from the school could have prevented her son's humiliation.
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