It is a dilemma faced by many school lunch line workers. What do you do when a kid wants something to eat but has no money and/or has not been qualified for federal lunch reimbursement? You either turn away a hungry child or take a financial hit. Of course, you indulge kids too often and they will keep coming back, letting the problem snowball.
The Methuen (MA) School District has one solution: offer such customers a plain cheese sandwich on white bread with a fruit cup and a serving