(Salt Lake City, UT) Parents are angry and there are a lot of questions after dozens of students at a Salt Lake City elementary school were served lunch, only to have the food taken from them and thrown away.
The problem started with children whose lunch accounts had run out of money at Uintah Elementary School.
Each child was handed their lunch, then when they got to the register the food was taken way and tossed if the student’s account was short money.
Parent Erica Lukes told KSTU-TV taking away her child’s lunch was “ridiculous.”
“I don’t think any child should have to feel like that over a two-dollar lunch balance,” she said.
The students were given milk and fresh fruits.
The school district says the food had to be tossed once it was handed to the student per health laws.
Jason Olsen, communication director for the Salt Lake City School District, said, “This situation could have and should have been handled in a different manner. We apologize.
We are also investigating what type of notification parents may or may not have received prior to this week. The schools says they inform students when they go through the lunch line if they have a low balance. They say they also send notes home in the student’s Monday folders. However, when contacted Monday or Tuesday, many parents were surprised by the news. The district has specific guidelines for school kitchen managers on how parents should be notified, and we are currently investigating to see if these guidelines were followed correctly.
We understand the feelings of upset parents and students who say this was an embarrassing and humiliating situation. We again apologize and commit to working with parents in rectifying this situation and to ensuring students are never treated in this manner again.”