Metro School lunch charges are adding up for the district

New bill aims to prevent lunch debt shaming
Posted at 4:17 AM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 07:40:52-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Metro says too many kids are showing up to school without money to pay for lunch.

More than two dozen Metro Schools have a lunch balance of more than $200. Hillsboro High and Oliver Middle School each have a $10,000 balance.

They're also calling on the community to help pay off that debt. That way, Metro Schools won't have to take money from other programs to pay off those lunches. Just as a reminder, the district says a student will never be shamed or denied a meal at school.

That's something State Rep. John Ray Clemmons agrees with. He just introduced a bill in the legislature that would require any public school that gets state assistance to provide a USDA reimbursable meal to the student that asks for one.

Right now, every Metro student gets a free breakfast. Lunch for students in middle school or lower eat for $2.75, and high school lunch is $3. Free and reduced lunches are available, but your family needs to apply.