No child goes hungry at school, no exceptions.
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As of right now there is not a law in place that requires Texas schools to provide a meal to children who are required to pay for their lunch and do not have money on their account. Leaving the children who do not have lunch money without anything to eat throughout the day. As we know as parents and relatives of the children and attending school once ourselves, the child’s day can be very long. The average school day is eight to ten hours long, depending on after school activities. This concerns me for many reasons, one thought that comes to mind, is the children with health issues that need to eat but are not provided a meal and how dangerous that is. Another thought that comes to mind, is how this is effecting the children during a major time of body growth and brain development.
My son, who attends a Texas public school was given crackers and cheese for lunch. He is a very active five-year-old boy and had flag football practice right after school. He came home hungry and tired and when asked what was wrong he told me about his lunch of so little. I was confused and infuriated, as all moms would be. When I called the school to discuss the matter, I spoke with a member of the cafeteria staff and I was informed that my son had an outstanding balance. Normally I would have been made aware of this by a letter sent home from the school but this time I was not so the balance went unpaid. I was also told that there is not a state law that requires the schools to feed the children who pay for lunch and do not have money on their account, however my son was provided with cheese and crackers. Was I supposed to be grateful my son was given cheese and crackers for lunch? I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and then I was told something that stuck with me, that this happens all the time. After much research, I found that this is a very real problem and it is often called child shaming because when the children are not given meals, they feel humiliated sitting next to their classmates who are eating their meal. I believe Texas can do better than this. A nutritious meal while the kids are learning and growing at school, where they should feel protected and secure, should not be something they worry about. Please join me in signing this petition so we can come together to be the difference in whether a child is provided with a caring nutritious meal or given nothing at all.
We, the relatives and friends of the children of the state of Texas, petition the state to make law that all children, no matter the circumstances, are provided with a nutritious breakfast and lunch during the school day.
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