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Cafeteria Workers Toss Meals of Students With $15 Lunch Debt

The Minnesota incident was caught on video, and the school has apologized

(Newser) - Students with more than $15 of lunch debt who went through the cafeteria line at Minnesota's Richfield High School had their hot meals taken off their trays, thrown in the trash, and replaced with cold lunches when cafeteria workers saw the amount of debt on their accounts. The incident...

Mom: Fired Lunch Lady Tried to Drag My Son Into Cover-Up
Now Slamming Fired Lunch
Lady: Mom of the Boy She Fed
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Now Slamming Fired Lunch Lady: Mom of the Boy She Fed

Story out of New Hampshire involving Bonnie Kimball has some new twists

(Newser) - A New Hampshire school cafeteria worker was fired after giving a student free food when he reportedly didn't have enough money to pay for it, and then, after national media attention, she rebuffed the school vendor's offer to rehire her. Now, some new twists involving Bonnie Kimball, from...

She Was Fired for Feeding a Student. Now, a New Offer

But New Hampshire's Bonnie Kimball simply isn't interested in getting her job back

(Newser) - A company has offered to rehire a New Hampshire school cafeteria worker it fired for giving a student lunch for free, but she isn't interested. Bonnie Kimball said she was terminated March 28 by Fresh Picks, a vendor that supplies food to the Mascoma Valley Regional High School in...

In Connecticut Town, an Alleged Lunch-Lady Scheme

Sisters accused of stealing nearly $500K

(Newser) - Marie Wilson says "the only thing she is guilty of is feeding a child who had no money or giving somebody a cookie." New Canaan officials say otherwise—about Wilson and her sister, Joanne Pascarelli. The two women have been charged with larceny after allegedly stealing $478,588...

Lunch Lady Quits, Says School Made Her Shame Poor Kids

Says policy made her take away hot lunches, give kids 'government cheese'

(Newser) - A cafeteria worker in Pennsylvania says she loves her job, but she can't continue taking hot meals away from kids who can't pay for them. Stacy Koltiska, who has quit her job at Wylandville Elementary School in the town of Eighty Four, tells the Washington Post that a...

Elementary School Cafeteria Goes 100% Vegetarian

PS 244 is first school in New York City to do so

(Newser) - Forget Meatless Mondays : Every day is meatless at New York City's Public School 244, the first public school in the city to offer up an entirely vegetarian menu, the AP reports. (It's thought to be the one of first meat-free elementary schools in the entire country, adds NBC...

Sorry, USDA Employees: No More Deep-Fried Lunch

Cafeterias will adhere more closely to USDA's dietary guidelines

(Newser) - For years, the USDA has been giving Americans dietary guidelines—and now USDA workers will have to start living by those guidelines, at least during lunchtime. The cafeterias at the Agriculture Department's DC headquarters have gotten a makeover, and the most headline-worthy change is that the deep fryers have...

Students Plan Strike Over Smaller Lunch Sizes

'Why should I have to suffer if I'm not obese?' wonders one

(Newser) - Parsippany Hills High School has found a way to get its students to come together and really focus on an issue: Downsize their lunch. Students at the New Jersey high school are holding strategy sessions and considering a lunch strike over the newly smaller portions, which were implemented thanks to...

Food Blogger, 9, Prompts School-Lunch Overhaul

Martha Payne's photos inspire better meals

(Newser) - She's only nine years old, but Martha Payne's reporting has already shaken things up at her school. The Scottish writer of the NeverSeconds blog posted reviews and camera-phone photos of some rather gross-looking cafeteria lunches; her work brought some 2 million visitors to her site. The attention prompted...

In Schools, a Fierce Debate Over... Chocolate Milk

It's not necessarily good for you, but it gets kids to drink milk

(Newser) - The latest debate raging in school cafeterias: Should kids be allowed to drink chocolate milk, which often has more calories per ounce than Coke? Fairfax County and Washington, DC, schools banned it outright last year, and, shockingly, not everyone was happy. Parents, nutritionists, and, of course, special interest groups lobbied...

Congress Buys GOP's Foam Cups From Ex-Koch Exec

But the cafeteria managers, not GOP, chose his company

(Newser) - The GOP's decision to bring back Styrofoam cups to a Capitol cafeteria has been a real boon for an old pal of the seemingly ever-present Koch brothers. The owner of WinCup, the company supplying the Styrofoam cups, is a former Koch Industries exec, the Huffington Post reports. But everybody swears...

Going Green? Bah! GOP Brings Back Foam Cups

Republicans reverse Democrats' green initiatives in Congress cafeterias

(Newser) - The Republicans are back in control of the House, and they're bringing something with them: styrofoam cups. The cups, along with plastic forks and a number of other things seen as not eco-friendly, were done away with four years ago by Nancy Pelosi to reduce Congress's carbon footprint. Now, the...

College Calorie Info Could Be Backfiring

From anorexics to obese students, information can spur 'disordered eating'

(Newser) - Colleges that bombard students with calorie counts and similar information to discourage overeating—and the dreaded "freshman 15" pounds—may be causing bigger diet problems instead, reports Newsweek. Many schools are rethinking their strategy in the wake of rising numbers of eating disorders, and a growing sense that a...

Colleges Ditch Trays; Students Learn to Juggle

Diners willing to sacrifice for planet's sake

(Newser) - College students may feel they’ve added juggling to their courseloads as the trayless cafeteria trend picks up steam, the Los Angeles Times reports. The increasingly popular measure, meant to save water and electricity, often meets with a sort of grudging acquiescence. “It's definitely difficult and a little bit...

Greener Colleges Take Pass on Cafeteria Trays

Environmental effort has some students complaining about inconvenience

(Newser) - Campus cafeterias across the US are phasing out lunch trays, but the move has some students feeling, ahem, de-trayed, the AP reports. The point is to conserve dishwashing water and reduce food waste by discouraging huge piles of food, though hungry scholars say it’s not worth it. "I'll...

Google Cuts Back on Its Food Perks
Google Cuts Back on Its
Food Perks

Google Cuts Back on Its Food Perks

Problems in the kitchen will send employees home for dinner

(Newser) - Life at the Googleplex just got a little less delicious. Google is cutting back on its famously generous food benefits, taking free dinners and free snacks off the menu, Valleywag reports. It’s a surprising change, since Google has milked its cafeteria for publicity, and recently told shareholders to expect...

Teen Gunned Down by Classmate at Tenn. HS

Suspect is in custody; Knoxville's Central HS placed under lockdown

(Newser) - A student fatally shot a 16-year-old classmate during a dispute today at a Tennessee high school. Other teens watched in horror as the victim clutched his chest and fell to the floor. "This wasn't a shooting that was a random act," a Knoxville policeman said. "It was...

Boehner Angry About Dems' Cafe Standards

Peeved about 'shaved persimmon;' prefers pronounceable foods

(Newser) - Democrats have been in charge of Congress for a year, but only now have they begun to force leftist foods down GOP throats—and the ranking House Republican’s not hungry. Said John Boehner of the new outfit running congressional cafeterias, “I like real food. … Food that I...

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