Lunch Lady Fired For Giving Needy Child Free Meals, Gets Her Job Back
Dianne Brame starts work again this week.
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Last week, Dianne Brame of St. Louis was fired from her job as a lunch lady at Hudson Elementary School after she was caught giving a needy child free lunch after his eligibility ran out.
Because his eligibility had expired, the child's daily meals were going to be downgraded to only a cheese sandwich and a carton of milk. Fearing that the child would be teased because the difference in meal would signify the change in the family's financial status, Brame continued to feed the child a regular hot lunch.
Brame also said that she thinks the child's mother doesn't speak English and probably did not understand the paperwork, thus allowing the eligibility to run out.
Despite her efforts, a co-worker caught on to what she was doing and reported her, leading to her getting fired soon after.
The good news is, after an investigation and a change of heart on administrators' part, Brame has been reinstated and has her job back.
"I don't necessarily look at it as wrong," says Brame. "I violated my contract with them. I knew the rules and regulations. But I don't think it was wrong to feed that kid.”
The company that makes and distributes the lunches, Chartwells, released a statement saying that no child should have to go hungry because of lack of payment.