A woman is accusing Memorial High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma of forcing her daughter to go hungry, even though she had money for lunch. Robbye Goddard says that her daugher has been approved for free and reduced lunch since the first day of school, but that she was told by an employee that a computer glitch had wiped out records of who receives free and reduced lunches — so though her daughter had the proper amount of money for the reduced price, she was denied her meal.
According to Goddard, the lunch worker threw away her daughter’s food. “Takes her plate of food and throws it in the garbage. And I’m like, ‘What?’” said Goddard. “What would it hurt, even if there was a glitch in the system, for her to take her name, take her money, ya know, write it down and let her eat.”
Memorial High School, however, claims that there was no glitch. The principal told FOX23 that there was no glitch. “An upset parent called the school about her daughter not getting to eat because her free and reduced lunch form had not been processed,” the principal wrote in a message to the station.
She said that “there might be many upset students and parents that did not get their applications in on time,” and many more hungry children.
Goddard maintains that her daughter was approved for the reduced lunch price. After speaking with the principal, she said she was pleased that the school was also concerned about the factions of the worker — but that there seems to be no intent to actually fix the problem.
“They’re looking into their policy about throwing food away in front of children, not that they threw the food away, but in front of the kids,” she said. The school provided her with a written policy that allows older kids to go hungry if they lack the money to pay for their lunch.
“According to this, at the high school level no charges are allowed at all and no alternative meals are given. That concerns me — our high school students are just as important as our students as other grade levels,” she said.