Legislators working to stop 'lunch shaming'

Legislatures looks for alternative methods to change how schools administer lunch assistance to children whose parents haven't paid for their school lunch.

PHOENIX - Mesa Public Schools has become the latest district to stop the practice of what some call "lunch shaming."

Students who are unable to pay for a hot lunch will no longer be subjected to a stamp on the hand or a wrist band, which are supposed to serve as a reminder to parents, but can often be humiliating for the student.

The district says the changes were made in July and also include more discreet food options for those who cannot pay and an emphasis on working with parents in order to settle lunch debts.

The issue of "lunch shaming" has received widespread attention in recent times with both parents and students sounding off.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) has introduced a bill that aims to stop "lunch shaming" and streamline the process for families to request federal assistance.

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