Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

SCHOOLS [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

SCHOOLS [Derived Headline]

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To comply with the federal government's new Hunger Free Students' Bill of Rights Act passed earlier this year, the school board has approved a food service policy that will allow a student to receive a school lunch even if the student's lunch account balance is zero.

The new legislation is an effort to eliminate "lunch shaming," which can happen if a parent is unable to pay a child's lunch bill and the student may have to go without lunch.

The new policy, which the school board passed unanimously Monday, will also require cafeteria workers and district officials to communicate only with parents regarding a child's cafeteria account balance.

Previously, cafeteria workers would alert a child if the student's balance was getting low.

Board member Lisa Anderson added that if a student's account is low, the student will be provided with a meal only, not snacks. …

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