Lunch Lady Fired For Giving Boy Free Food Gets Flooded With Job Offers
Bonnie Kimball had been working in the lunchroom of Mascoma Valley Regional High School in New Hampshire for over four
No free lunchesAlthough the boy paid his $8 lunch bill, Kimball was summoned by her two managers and fired over the tab. In a video statement, President of Fresh Picks Cafe Brian Stone says that a review showed that the student wasn’t charged for any of the lunch items. “The employee told the manager that she charged the student’s account for lunch, but the manager later confirmed there were no charges on the account, so what the employee said was not true,” Stone said.
“Every student in the lunch line gets a lunch, so there was no reason for her not to charge the account.”
– Brian Stone, President of Fresh Picks Cafe
Her responseFor Kimball, being called a liar was a slap in the face. “I was like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe it,'” she said. She insists that what she did was right, both on paper and on principle. “I made sure the meal was paid for,” she said.
“To me, letting that kid go hungry because he didn’t bring any money that day, that would have been wrong. If the bill did not get paid, damn straight I would have paid it out of my own pocket.” – Bonnie Kimball
Huge blowbackAs Kimball’s story gained national press, there was a local outcry, with some co-workers quitting in protest. Even celebrity chef José Andrés — himself known for his kindness to those in need — tweeted out Kimball’s story and offered her a job.
New Hampshire school cafeteria worker fired for giving food to student who couldn't pay – WHBQ! The hero is Bonnie Kimball! If she needs a job we have openings at @thinkfoodgroup if you know her, let her know! @NewHampJournal https://t.co/o7JHXgRtn6— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) May 17, 2019
Let’s encourage compassionFor many schools, the toughest subject is hunger. According to one study, over 13 million children from low-income families go to school hungry. It’s a problem that directly impacts their life chances, and cries for greater attention. Maybe instead of firing the lunch workers who feed the needy, the lifeguards who rescue or the bankers who lend a dollar, we should applaud them and invite them to help. As for Kimball, she might be fired, but she keeps in touch with her beloved kids. “I still go to their sports games. It’s like one big family. I’m just not there every day.” For more uplifting news:
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