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Greater Lunch Enforcement Eyed at High School

Woburn’s policy says that children will not be refused a meal if they owe money, but will also not be able to choose from the full menu.

Woburn Memorial High School. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Woburn Memorial High School. Photo credit: Patch file photo.

Woburn Memorial High School students who run a deficit on their lunch accounts won’t be able to buy a regular lunch. That has been a policy in place for years, but it hasn’t been enforced, reported the Daily Times Chronicle.

School Committee member Dr. John Wells said Woburn students have racked up a total of $9,000 in unpaid cafeteria debt, reported the Daily Times Chronicle.

Some of the largest debts are at the high school and school officials agreed that greater enforcement of a rule that forbids those students from buying regular lunch was needed at WMHS because the students are older.

An incident in Attleboro last year made national headlines when students’ lunches were thrown in the trash because they didn’t have money to pay for the meals.

Woburn’s policy says that children will not be refused a meal if they owe money, but they will also not be able to choose from the full menu, reported the Daily Times Chronicle.

Read the full article on the Daily Times Chronicle.

Robin lydon March 06, 2014 at 08:39 AM
I love the towns that include school lunch to everyone. I'd prefer pay a little extra to ensure everyone has a lunch and you students can't tell who is privileged or poor.
Sue L March 06, 2014 at 08:48 AM
So sad we can spend millions of dollars to aid foreign countries, yet we can't afford to give healthy school lunches to kids if they don't have the money. (Cheese sandwich and milk? Give me a break) A lot of families can't qualify for the reduced/free lunch program because the allowed income is so low. I think the whole system needs to be reviewed.
GMan Extreme March 06, 2014 at 08:52 PM
The system does need to be reviewed. While I agree that no child should be turned away from a lunch, is it fair that I pay for my kid's meals while little Johnny's parents get to skate by without paying when then can?

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