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Senate legislation would stop "food shaming"

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Jun 11, 2017 7:42 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A peculiar practice in some Pennsylvania schools is being targeted by lawmakers in Harrisburg.

When students line up for lunch in the cafeteria, but their family owes money, some schools have withheld meals from children, or marked them with stamps or bracelets.

The practice is called "food shaming".

State Senator Jay Costa has introduced legislation that would forbid it.

"Making certain that our school districts no longer are in the position to have policies that provide the type of embarrassment and ridicule that they allow students to be subjected to," Costa said.

The bill would mandate that districts serve meals to children while working with the parents to resolve the financial matter, and requires districts to put policies in place to determine if children are eligible for free or reduced price meals.

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