MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new survey shows a majority of school districts in Minnesota deny hot lunch, and sometimes any lunch, to children who can't pay for it.
The report comes after a school in Utah drew criticism for throwing lunches in the trash if students couldn't pay.
The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1iVLCkC ) that Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius is calling the report "troubling." She's urging schools to make sure kids are never turned away from a hot meal.
About 62,000 low-income children and teens are in Minnesota's reduced-price lunch program. That means they can get a hot, nutritious lunch for 40 cents, with the rest covered by public funds. But if students don't have 40 cents, some schools deny or downgrade lunches.
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid polled 309 school districts for the survey.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com