It is amazing that this practice has ever existed in New Mexico, it is amazing that it continues in other parts of the country.
The majority of families with school age children in the Jemez Valley and adjoining areas live in poverty. In the Jemez Valley Public Schools and at Walatowa High Charter School the overwhelming majority of students receive free school lunches. Similar statistics occur in the Cuba and Bernalillo school districts; around 90 percent and more families in all three locations qualify for free lunches at school for their Children.
Not happy statistics, but on the bright side we can see that all these children now receive lunches and often breakfasts at their schools and that the horrendous practice of shaming them for their parents poverty does not take place.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall, in addition to the video above posted the following statement on his Facebook page:
Half of all school districts nationwide are allowed to punish kids when their parents haven’t paid their school lunch bill. Our children have enough to worry about—they should be able to focus on learning and growing, not being punished or going hungry for something they can’t control.
I’m proud that thanks to the leadership of New Mexico Appleseed and others, my home state of New Mexico is leading the way – it’s time for the whole nation to join us. Share this video if you think we should end #lunchshaming in America.