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Bill would help curb "food shaming" in Maine schools Featured

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Bill would help curb "food shaming" in Maine schools

AUGUSTA - There are families throughout Maine that have a hard time paying for school lunches.

And then there are some students who often get ridiculed by teachers and lunch workers when they can't afford to pay.


A Calais state senator said it's time for food shaming to stop.


Senator Joyce Maker, R-Calais, said "When you're going to get your lunch that day and because you either have a debt or you haven't paid for your lunch, you're given an alternative lunch. That sticks out."


Senator maker said this bill would mandate any communication about money would have to be directly between the school and the parent, without using the student as a go-between.