Post Falls High School student with low account served cold cheese sandwich
POST FALLS, Idaho — A cheese sandwich is at the center of a school lunch controversy in Post Falls.
Michelle Young says she had no idea her son Kaleb Gearhart’s lunch account had a negative balance- less than $2. She was even more surprised to learn what the school gave him as an ‘alternative lunch.’
Gearhart says he didn’t know his lunch account was negative, either. When he got to the front of the lunch line Tuesday, he was given a sack lunch instead.
Inside, Gearhart found a cold cheese sandwich, an orange, and some carrots.
“They told me that that’s what I could have and that I’ve got to come back with money the next day or whenever if I want the regular lunch,” said Gearhart.
Young took to Facebook to vent her frustration.
“That doesn’t even look okay for jail food,” said Young.
In response, the school district said kids K-8th grade are allowed to charge a lunch; high school students are not. However, the district serves everyone lunch whether they have food money or not.
Those students are still given fruit, vegetables, and milk. The district superintendent says the alternate lunch has the same nutritional value as the main lunch, which meets the state and federal requirement.
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