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Alternative lunches embarrass students


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I used to work for the kitchen at RISD. I resigned in April because after complaining to Lyman (Graham) and requesting a transfer, nothing ever got done.

Leaving the kids I got attached to was one of the hardest things, but my manager made my life there a living hell.

Before I left, lunches at certain schools were not reduced due to family income, so if a child didn’t have funds, they were given an alternative lunch after two negative charges. But because I refused to offer alternatives and I just paid for the child’s lunch out my own pocket, they pulled me from the register and started treating me hatefully.

Now, I heard that all lunches are state-funded so no one has to pay, which is good, but I felt so bad for kids who got the alternative (lunches) because it was two slices of bread with a cheese slice in the middle and a bag of carrots. And kids get embarrassed being treated differently.

The manager used to make pork and place it hot from the oven straight into the cooler. One day, I walked in and found it with a knife.

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So I’m glad parents are speaking up, but complaining to Lyman won’t get them anywhere as I knew four people that either resigned or lost their job for speaking up.

Modesta Orona