A former school kitchen manager said she has no regrets after losing her job because she gave free lunches to hungry students who otherwise couldn’t afford them, according to a Denver TV station.
Della Curry of Colorado said there were multiple instances at Dakota Valley Elementary School where students would come through the lunch line and they couldn't afford to eat or didn't have money.
Curry would give the students a free meal or pay for it herself, which is against policy. To qualify for free lunch, a family of four would have to have an income of about $31,000 a year, and for a reduced lunch that number is $45,000 a year, the TV station reports.
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The Cherry Creek school district said in a statement that students are given free meals the first three times then after that they’re given a slice of cheese on a hamburger bun with milk.
Curry acknowledges that she didn’t follow the policy guidelines, but she says the policy needs to be revised and she hopes her firing will spark change.