North Carolina district considers school lunch policy change

School lunch (Photo: WJW via CNN)

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — A North Carolina school system is considering a policy change that would prevent high school students from being denied a meal because they can’t afford it.

The Greensboro News & Record reported Sunday that high school students in Guildford County would be able to charge their meals under the proposed change.

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The current policy allows elementary and middle school students to charge up to five lunches and five breakfasts. Cafeterias then gives them a pared down meal if they still can’t pay for them.

Many students already qualify for federally-funded free meals based on family income. Anonymous donors in the county have also covered more than $46,500 in unpaid meal charges.

The issue of so-called “lunch shaming” has become a matter of debate in school districts across the nation.