NJ Lawmakers Outraged By Pay-Or-Go-Hungry Lunch Plan - KMSP-TV

NJ Lawmakers Outraged By Pay-Or-Go-Hungry Lunch Plan

Posted: Updated:
WILLINGBORO, N.J. -

Two New Jersey state lawmakers say that they're outraged over a new school lunch policy in the Willingboro school district in Burlington County.

The rule says that students not on the free lunch program who don't have enough money to pay for lunch won't get "humanitarian meals." Kids who stand in line anyway will get their lunches thrown out.

"This is just outrageous," says Joseph Cryan, one of the assembly members. "With poverty on the rise and families struggling to make ends meet, this is cruel and unreasonable. The idea that a child can load up a tray with lunch, but then have the meal thrown away is incomprehensible. This sounds like something from the Dark Ages."

The superintendent says the rule intends to hold parents accountable.

But Democrats Joseph Cryan and Jason O'Donnell disagree.

"This is twisted," said O'Donnell. "School districts across the state find ways to encourage people to sign up for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program without starving their children. This policy is wrong and must be changed. We need to care for our children, not deny them meals."

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Police Continue To Investigate Kidnapping And Double Murder

    Police Continue To Investigate Kidnapping And Double Murder

    Friday, August 29 2014 1:05 AM EDT2014-08-29 05:05:38 GMT
    Homicide investigators spent Thursday searching a home in Southwest Philadelphia searching for clues in the abduction of three men in Philadelphia.
    Homicide investigators spent Thursday searching a home in Southwest Philadelphia searching for clues in the abduction of three men in Philadelphia.
  • Police: Man Shot, Robbed Of 70K In Grocery Store Parking Lot

    Police: Man Shot, Robbed Of 70K In Grocery Store Parking Lot

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-08-29 03:20:13 GMT
    Philadelphia police say a man was shot and robbed when he pulled into the parking lot of the Pathmark on the 2100 block of Bleigh Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia just after 6 p.m. on Thursday.
    Philadelphia police say a man was shot and robbed when he pulled into the parking lot of the Pathmark on the 2100 block of Bleigh Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia just after 6 p.m. on Thursday.
  • Police: SUV Disregards Red Light, Hits Tractor Trailer Into Mayfair Home

    Police: SUV Disregards Red Light, Hits Tractor Trailer Into Mayfair Home

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:53 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:53:41 GMT
    Police say an SUV collided into a tractor trailer, which caused the tractor trailer to crash into a house on the 6300 block of Farnsworth Street in Mayfair around 7 p.m. on Thursday.
    Police say an SUV collided into a tractor trailer, which caused the tractor trailer to crash into a house on the 6300 block of Farnsworth Street in Mayfair around 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices