Huntsville student given crackers and water for lunch

Published: Jun. 1, 2012 at 7:58 PM CDT|Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 at 1:15 PM CST
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A first grader was given crackers and water in replace for lunch after not having lunch money.
A first grader was given crackers and water in replace for lunch after not having lunch money.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville City School officials are addressing a parent's complaint that a child was given crackers after not having money to buy lunch.

A parent who heard about the incident at Mountain Gap Elementary School said the student should have been given a meal instead.

"It's all about the kids. Children shouldn't suffer if a parent makes a mistake," Rhonda Brewster said.

A Huntsville City Schools spokesperson said it was an isolated incident, and the student should have been given an alternative meal, which includes a sandwich.

Brewster said parents may forget to add money into the child's meal pay account, but under no circumstances should a student be denied a meal.

"A child that age, you don't know if they've had breakfast. So to go all day or just a few carbs and some water, that is not enough. There is a direct correlation between children who eat and their learning capability," she said.

Brewster approached Manna House in Huntsville to address what happened.

Manna House and the parent both said school officials responded quickly and were proactive in fixing the problem.

Superintendent Casey Wardynski was unavailable for comment, but a spokesperson said they are tweaking and refining the current program to ensure no child goes hungry at school.

Board member Topper Birney said another program is in place to make sure students are properly fed at school. Birney said you students can't learn on an empty stomach.

"One of the things the superintendent instituted in several schools and he's trying to expand is a breakfast program where the kids will come in, eat breakfast in their rooms...all of a sudden they have extra study time," Birney said.

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