Rep. Haaland Renews Call to Pass Anti-Lunch Shaming Act After Uproar About Rhode Island District Lunch Shaming Policy

Rep. Deb Haaland

Published May 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — Last Friday, after a school district in Rhode Island announced that children whose parents had an outstanding lunch bill would be served sunflower butter and jelly sandwiches instead of a hot lunch, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) renewed her call to pass the Anti-Lunch Shaming Act. The bipartisan legislation would prohibit school “lunch shaming” – the practice of discriminating against or stigmatizing children who have outstanding credit or don’t have enough money to pay for meals at school. The Anti-Lunch Shaming Act would ban schools from singling out children — such as by requiring them to wear hand stamps or do extra chores — because their parents or guardians have not paid their school meal bills.

The full text of the bill can be found HERE. A summary of the bill can be found HERE.

After seeing the news, Haaland tweeted:

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