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Catering Co.'s contract won't be R E N E W E D by School District for the "firing" of "freebie-lunch giver"!


The difference between us and them

Author: Kwaku Romeo Nana

Date: 2019-05-18 15:16:11

+++Kimball was fired from her New Hampshire high school -- where she had been an employee for more than four years -- for letting a student take food without paying.+++

+++She was fired by the district manager of Café Services, the food services company that employed her, and says she was told what she did was "theft."+++

The law is the law, that's why societies where people strictly follow it seem to do better. I found it strange that majority of CNN readers thought the company did wrong and accusing those who support her firing of being Trumpists! How?


High school cafeteria worker who was fired for giving lunch to a hungry student that had no money REJECTS offer to be rehired after catering firm backtracks following outcry

Bonnie Kimball said she was fired from her cafeteria job at Mascoma Valley Regional High School in New Hampshire after feeding a student without money

A company has offered to rehire a New Hampshire school cafeteria worker whom 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 Canaan, but the company has now backtracked on its decision and offered her employment once again.

Kimball says that when the student's account showed no funds, she quietly told him 'tell your mom you need money,' and provided him with the food for free.

She said a manager just asked what was on the boy's plate and walked away. The next morning the student's bill was paid but her job was gone.

'The boy brought the money in at 7:30 in the morning... and paid his account in full,' Kimball continued.

'His family is very well known in this town and I can guarantee that if I called his mother, she would have come right in and paid the bill. But I didn't want to get her out of work,' Kimball said.

'I know they would have brought the money the next day. The bill was going to get paid.'

However, the company said it had since offered to rehire the employee, provide her back pay and would 'work with the school district to revise policies and procedures regarding transactions.'

'I'm not bailing them out, I'm not gonna do it,' Kimball told ABC.

'The school should bring on another vendor - one that will treat the children better,' she said.

'They'll never have another kitchen crew like we were. We made those lunches with love. We weren't just lunch ladies,' she told said.

'We went above and beyond our job and made sure the kids got what they wanted and how they liked it.'

The school district, in a statement, said it talked with the company about the firing of what it described as a part-time cafeteria worker and would review its food service policies to ensure conflicts between the district and its vendors don't come up in the future.

It also said it requested the right to be released from its contract with the company next year, which would open the process to other bidders.

'First and foremost, it is our goal to do right by our families, community, students and employees at the Mascoma Valley Regional School District,' Superintendent Amanda Isabelle said.

'The events of these past few weeks and the feedback I have received from parents has given me considerable pause.'

'These guys really took care of our kids. They put our kids first and their focus was really our kids,' Christina Moodie, whose son attends the high school, said. 'I know Bonnie went above and beyond for the kids.'

Kimball, who has four grandchildren in the school district, said she had no intention of returning to her old job and accused the company of only offering to rehire her 'so that it could keep its contract.'

As a Cafe Services employee, Kimball was in charge of running the cash register at the school, where she would also make ice cream sundaes and smoothies for the student body of 326 children every day.

'We didn't even call it work,' Kimball said. 'We got up in the morning, we took care of our families and we went to take care of the kids.'

The Valley News reported that the alleged firing has angered Kimball's co-workers, some of whom quit in protest.

Parents at the school also said they were upset by Kimball's sudden departure.

Some even started a "GoFundMe" campaign for her that had raised more than $6,700 by Saturday afternoon.

The incident comes as schools across the country are struggling to deal with how to address students who can't pay for their lunch.

Last month, federal lawmakers also introduced 'anti-lunch shaming' legislation to protect students with unpaid lunch bills.

The USDA also discourages practices that stigmatize students, but allows districts to set their own policies.

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