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Michigan bill would end student 'lunch shaming'

Michigan bill would end student 'lunch shaming'
Posted at 8:18 AM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 08:18:25-04

It has been a disturbing trend for sometime -- kids being punished because they don't have enough money to pay for school lunches.

It's called lunch shaming.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) announced a bill Thursday to make lunch available to all public school students.

The bill is called the 'Hunger-Free Student Bill of Rights.'

Ananich said some school districts punish and embarrass students for not having money in their lunch accounts by making them wear wristbands, do chores, or swap out their lunch for a substandard meal.

His bill would require schools to provide a USDA reimbursable meal to students with a lunch debt.

The districts would no longer be allowed to throw away meals after they are served because a student can't pay.

The bill would also allow schools to create a fund to help students' families pay for meals.

The bill is currently being referred to the Senate Committee on Education. FOX 47 will let you know when the bill comes up for a vote.