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September 11, 2019

The wealthiest country on earth only if you are wealthy

Filed under: Children, Economics, Education, Food, Harm, Health, News, Questions — Scottie @ 09:33

This 9-year-old was denied lunch on his birthday at school. Now the district is making changes

A boy from Ohio had the “worst birthday ever” after his school lunch was taken away because of an unpaid balance on his account.


Jefferson Sharpnack told his grandmother, Diane Bailey, that he was denied his lunch tray when he went to check out. Instead of getting the cheesy breadsticks he had picked out, he was given a piece of cheese and bread by the lunch staff at Green Primary School in Uniontown, Ohio.
It all happened on his ninth birthday, in front of other students in the lunch line, because of a $9 debt, according to Bailey.

Three-fourths of school districts reported having unpaid student meal debt at the end of the 2016-17 school year, according to the School Nutrition Association. In 2017, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) mandated schools develop plans for students who have deficit accounts.

Think of the huge tax cut the wealthy got from the Republicans, while 3/4 of school districts have children who can not afford to eat.    Is this the nation we want?   A 9 year embarrassed in front of everyone, who probably was already struggling with the effects of being poor, is going to have a real hard time trying to learn anything.     In a country with billionaires and millionaires no child should ever go hungry.  Adults stop taking food away from children.  I was one of those children.  I got one meal a day normally and it was lunch at school.    Thankfully it was in a better US and not one adult shamed me, in fact I was often given food when I was short money to pay for small amount I took.   A couple hot dogs normally, sometimes they would have sliced pizza and I would get a slice.  Let the children eat, as you don’t know what is happening in their life!   Hugs   


  1. This is NOT the America I want.

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    Comment by appletonavenue — September 11, 2019 @ 15:00

    • Hello appletonavenue. I agree. This is not the country I once knew. I served two tours in the US military and this is not what I served for. To deny children a lunch? When we have huge tax breaks for wealthy people? When people have to work multiple jobs and still have no healthcare and can not afford a place to live? I do not recognize my country anymore. Hugs

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by Scottie — September 11, 2019 @ 15:20

  2. Can we do anything about the tyrant lunch ladies?


    Comment by bjlunchlady — November 3, 2019 @ 07:46

    • Hello bjlunchlady. Welcome to my Toy Box. As you are the angry lunch lady what would you suggest? Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — November 3, 2019 @ 13:02

      • thankfully I am not THE angry lunch lady I am the one writing stories about the angry lunch lady lol. I am definitely angry there is no doubt, but I am angry with the treatment of children

        Liked by 1 person

        Comment by bjlunchlady — November 4, 2019 @ 15:57

        • Hello bjlunchlady. Ah, I stand corrected. And I agree with you I also am angry at the treatment of children over the lunch / meal payment thing. No child should be mocked or caused to be humiliated over poverty nor should any child have to go hungry. Hugs

          Liked by 1 person

          Comment by Scottie — November 4, 2019 @ 17:02

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