Gov. Cuomo proposes plan to end 'lunch shaming' in schools

December 29, 2017 06:57 AM

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a proposal he is submitting as part of his 2018 State of the State address will end "lunch shaming" at schools.

In a statement, the governor's office says, "Lunch shaming is a disgraceful practice in some schools where children are publicly humiliated in front of their peers by adults for not having money for lunch.

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"In many cases, these students are forced to wear a sticker or bracelet, or have their name called over the loud speaker. In other cases, these students are given alternative, lesser quality lunches, such as a cold cheese sandwich when other students get hot lunches. Other national news reports have reported children simply being denied food if they cannot pay."

Governor Cuomo says his proposal will prohibit any public act that humiliates a student who is short lunch money. It will also require students to receive the same lunch as other students -- even if they don't have enough money.

Along with the lunch shaming measure, the governor says his proposal will also expand access to free breakfast programs and access to "farm-fresh foods" for students. And to encourage schools to use more ingredients from New York farms, the governor says the state will increase its reimbursement to schools for lunches from $0.059 cents per meal to $0.25.

The proposal will also require food pantries at all SUNY and CUNY colleges.


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