No lunch money? No food for you.

Is it ethical for a school to punish a child whose parents don't provide them with lunch money?

In many schools a child will not be allowed to buy lunch if their account has no money on it, or if they have no money to pay for it. Some schools will offer bread and milk if you can't pay, but many don't.

Is this ethical?

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    09/15/14
    Alyssa Martinez
    Our school just received a huge funding for their lunch program. The entire school gets free lunch. I dont have to worry about them loosing lunch money or packing a lunch. Our food here is pretty good too. We are in the south so a lot of it is home cooked!
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      09/15/14
      Alyssa Martinez
      There should be a form for the parent to fill out if you cant afford lunch. There is free lunch or reduced lunch. This has been going on since I was a child. If you know someone having this problem tell them to check with the school on a form. I dont think it is ethical.
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        09/15/14
        I don't think it is ethical, but I have to think of how many people would take advantage of this if it were different, and everyone would pay for that. Every school I went to offered free or reduced lunch. I think this is a good middle ground.
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          09/15/14
          I agree that people would take advantage of the situation if a school offered a free lunch when a child forgot his money. On the other hand, it's not fair to the child when his parents neglect to provide money. Some schools withhold the final report card until all fees are paid. That's a good way to handle things. I know that school lunches are cheap anyway, but my kids refuse to eat theirs. They prefer to bring a lunch, and since the school's idea of a healthy lunch differs from mine, I don't mind the expense.
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            09/16/14
            When I was in school, we would get verbal warnings going through the line starting at $10 (3 days worth of lunches). If it got to zero and nobody brough a check in, they would call or send out letters. There were a few times I KNOW the account was in the hole, but they never once refused me lunch-along with others.
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              09/16/14
              Alyssa Martinez
              I know when my mom and dad first got divorced my mom still had to pay full price lunch because she just didnt want anyone knowing what was going on. There was a few times she didnt give me money bc she just didnt have it. The lunch lady was very nice and just called my mom or sent a note in an envelope. My mom then called the school and explained what was going on, then the school was more than happy to help. But if the parent has the money and just wants to use the system that is not fair to the kid. It isnt the childs fault the parent is worthless.
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