Pine Belt schools working to prevent 'lunch shaming'

Pine Belt schools working to prevent 'lunch shaming'
Pinebelt schools preventing lunch shaming. Photo Credit WDAM

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Parents across the country are reacting to a new law in New Mexico that prevents what they call "lunch shaming."

The law explains that lunch shaming occurs when a child can't pay for school lunch.

The law is being called the "Hunger-Free Students' Bill of Rights Act" and the intention is to make sure that children are still fed even when they don't pay.

A documented case of lunch shaming included a case out of Alabama.

A child who couldn't pay for lunch had his arm stamped with a note reading "I can't pay for school lunch".

This is the first law of its kind in the United States, but schools in the Pine Belt already have guidelines to make sure every child receives lunch.

"We never want a child to go hungry, no matter what the circumstance is," said child nutrition director for Lamar county Julianne King. "If a student owes money they're allowed to charge breakfast or lunch in our district" said King.

Similar policies can be found throughout school districts in the Pine Belt.