An Indiana mother was shocked when her son sent her a photo during his lunch period at school.
Amy Wittaker Anders, of Avon, Indiana, wrote in a Facebook post that her son forgot his lunch money and was instead, given a moldy peanut butter sandwich. A photo shared by Anders showed that the bread had a greenish-blue tint.
Didn’t anyone on the kitchen staff notice it was moldy? Anders posted the picture and said the mold was on the inside too.
“I have no idea how someone could not see this was bad when handing it out,” Anders wrote in her Facebook post.
Her son was afraid to eat it – but he was given a replacement.
Surprisingly, Anders’ son told her this same thing happened to a friend of his a few weeks before.
The Avon Community School Corporation responded to Anders’ post and said this would not happen again. They called it an unacceptable human error.
Anders’ post began to spread on Facebook and it understandingly sparked outrage. The school then released this statement:
“We are grateful to be made aware of the situation and have reached out to the parents and apologized. This is an unacceptable human error and we are looking into it to ensure that this never happens again.”
Apparently, this isn’t only a problem for Indiana students. A group of Maryland students recently posted photos of their school lunches on social media, revealing disgusting, moldy, undercooked, and expired food.
Studies have shown that nutrition is important for students and their ability to learn. As this becomes more obvious, schools and advocates are doing more to make sure every child in school has access to a healthy lunch.
California recently introduced a bill that would stop school “lunch-shaming”. Basically, it states that students can’t be publicly shamed or given a different meal than other students if their parents fail to pay or get behind on school lunch payments.
It also requires local education authorities to provide assistance to families by helping them sign up for free- and reduced-lunch programs if they can’t pay. Supporters of the bill argue that children shouldn’t be used as a means for debt collection.