Some disagree over 'cheese sandwich' policy in Whitfield County Schools

Some disagree over 'cheese sandwich' policy in Whitfield County Schools

February 27th, 2013 by WRCB-TV Channel 3 in Local - Breaking News

WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA -- Some say a policy in Whitfield County punishes children when their moms and dads fall behind on paying for school lunches. Students who owe too much money get a cheese sandwich and a carton of milk.

It is a policy that has been around for other school systems, it is just new for Whitfield County. Administrators say they had to do something about a mounting debt from charged lunches. But one woman wants to make sure every child gets a hot meal.

"Our lunch charges were just going higher and higher," says Judy Gilreath, Assistant Superintendent for Support Services in Whitfield County Schools.

Gilreath says after an audit, the government told the school system it faced funding cuts if it did not get the free lunch debt under control.

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