Feb 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new survey shows a majority of school districts in Minnesota deny hot lunch, and sometimes any lunch, to children who can't pay for it.
The report comes after a school in Utah drew criticism for throwing lunches in the trash if students couldn't pay.
Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius is calling the report "troubling." She's urging schools to make sure kids are never turned away from a hot meal.
About 62,000 low-income children and teens are in Minnesota's reduced-price lunch program. That means they can get a hot, nutritious lunch for 40 cents, with the rest covered by public funds. But if students don't have 40 cents, some schools deny or downgrade lunches.
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid polled 309 school districts for the survey.