School Worker Fired Over Hungry Child Handout: Lunch Server Doesn't Regret Her Decision

Bradley Ryder

Over a simple act of kindness, a school lunch worker was fired for feeding a hungry child. Della Curry, a former cafeteria employee at a middle school in a Denver suburb, was terminated Friday for giving away free food to a student who didn't have enough lunch money, according to a CNN report.

Curry is a mother of two who knows how important it is to feed a child and do whatever is necessary to have them not go to bed on an empty stomach. She headed the kitchen at Dakota Valley Elementary School in Aurora, Colorado, and explained how it broke her heart to see just one child hungry.

— WPTV (@WPTV) June 3, 2015

"I had a first grader in front of me, crying, because she doesn't have enough money for lunch. Yes, I gave her lunch. I'll own that I broke the law. The law needs to be changed."
"The law does not require the school district to provide the meal to children who have forgotten their lunch money, that is a district decision. We provide hot meals to students the first three times they forget their lunch money and charge their parents' accounts. The fourth time, we provide a cheese sandwich and milk."

— CNN Wire (@CNNWire) June 3, 2015

Curry said that she often used her own money when she learned a student was short or without funds to pay for a meal. She was aware of the policy regarding the free lunch program. However, she believed the risk outweighed the punishment when it involved children eating or going hungry. Being fired by the school is worth the risk to her.

To the woman's point, there's a bit of irony in America. Despite being the most powerful country in the world, millions of children go to bed nightly without meals. Others are left undernourished. Feeding America provides some hunger statistics on households across the country. The numbers may very well shock you.

"In 2013, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children."

"In 2013, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (20 percent), especially households with children headed by single women (34 percent) or single men (23 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (26 percent) and Hispanic households (24 percent)."

"In 2013, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (20 percent), especially households with children headed by single women (34 percent) or single men (23 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (26 percent) and Hispanic households (24 percent)."

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