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

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>>

  • How-To Prevent Workout Injuries

    How-To Prevent Workout Injuries

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:12:40 GMT
    From gyms to bike trails, children to seniors, people are rushing out of hibernation and getting busy working out, but there may be a price.
    From gyms to bike trails, children to seniors, people are rushing out of hibernation and getting busy working out, but there may be a price.
  • Sexual Assault Reported At West Chester University

    Sexual Assault Reported At West Chester University

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:11:24 GMT
    According to the Department of Public Safety at West Chester University, they received a report of an indecent assault occurring at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Frances Harvey Greene Library.
    According to the Department of Public Safety at West Chester University, they received a report of an indecent assault occurring at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Frances Harvey Greene Library.
  • Getting Results: Woman Says Her Car Was Damaged By Plow Truck

    Getting Results: Woman Says Her Car Was Damaged By Plow Truck

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:05:44 GMT
    When a worker for a State Agency accidentally does you harm, you might expect to be compensated in some way.However, when an Emergency Proclamation is declared all bets are off/Sheila Bradley-Oben searched for photos that illustrate the scene when her son called her the night of February 13th.“He was like, 'Mom, I have something to tell you...your car has been damaged.' and I said, 'damaged?' what happened?” Oben explained.She says her 2002 Nissan Altima was covered in a mound of ice and snow...
    When a worker for a State Agency accidentally does you harm, you might expect to be compensated in some way.However, when an Emergency Proclamation is declared all bets are off/Sheila Bradley-Oben searched for photos that illustrate the scene when her son called her the night of February 13th.“He was like, 'Mom, I have something to tell you...your car has been damaged.' and I said, 'damaged?' what happened?” Oben explained.She says her 2002 Nissan Altima was covered in a mound of ice and snow...
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices