- Bonnie Kimball said her employer, Cafe Services, fired her from her position at Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan, New Hampshire.
- She said the termination occurred after she let a student take free food when he couldn’t pay the $US8 cost.
- She said the student paid for the lunch the next day, and that she had previously been told to let students take food even if they couldn’t afford it.
- Mascoma Valley Regional School District decided this week to re-up its contract with Cafe Services.
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A high school lunchroom employee in New Hampshire said she was fired after letting a student take free food when he couldn’t pay the $US8 cost.
Bonnie Kimball said her employer, Cafe Services, accused her of stealing food and fired her from her position at Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan, New Hampshire.
She told the New Hampshire newspaper Union Leader that on March 28, a boy brought a tray of a la carte items to the register. When he didn’t have enough money to pay, she told him to bring money the next day, and he did, Kimball said.
“I was doing what I was told to do,” she told the Union Leader, adding that she was instructed by her manager to allow students to take food even if they couldn’t afford it. “We weren’t supposed to pull trays.”
Students and staff are rallying behind a Mascoma Valley Regional High School lunch lady fired for allowing a boy to run up an $8 lunch debt rather than go hungy. Bonnie Kimball thought she was doing the right thing and the parent did eventually pay. https://t.co/y65rc8oGjX pic.twitter.com/eds9teHG2m
— UnionLeader.com (@UnionLeader) May 15, 2019
In a letter Kimball received from Cafe Services, the company said Kimball was terminated on April 4.
It said her decision to give the student free food was “in strict violation of our Cash Handling Procedures, the Schools Charge Policy and Federal Regulation governing free meals.”
Kimball said two other employees quit in protest of her firing.
INSIDER has contacted the Mascoma Valley Regional School District and Cafe Services for comment.
In an email to the Washington Post, the district’s superintendent, Amanda Isabelle, said “district policy is to make healthy nutritious school meals available to every child whether or not the child has sufficient funds to cover the cost of the meal.”
Cafe Services told The Post that “the information as reported is untrue,” but did not clarify what was false in reports about Kimball’s termination.
Mascoma Valley Regional School District decided this week to re-up its contract with Cafe Services, according to Valley News.
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