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It seems like a week doesn’t go by without another news story about so-called “lunch shaming.” The issue stems from the complex challenge of unpaid meal debt, and what to do with hungry children who show up in the cafeteria unable to pay for a meal. No child nutrition professional wants to see a child go hungry, but these departments also run on tight budgets and are mandated to have zero debt. Oftentimes, the result is public relations nightmare, with few understanding the issue for school meal programs.
In this week’s podcast, I talk with Lori Adkins, child nutrition consultant with Oakland Schools in Michigan, about dealing with so-called lunch shaming.
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