Close Ad

Outraged Dad Stands Up To School After Decision To Stop Giving Lunches To Children Because Of Debt
Dad Speaks Out About School
Uplifting News

Outraged Dad Stands Up To School After Decision To Stop Giving Lunches To Children Because Of Debt

One hero dad said he'd pay $2,400 to get the kids fed again.

The school council at Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle in Penygroes, Wales, drew a line in the sand: if even a single student owes one penny on their meals, no kid will be fed.

They made this stance in a letter sent to parents from Headmaster Neil Foden. In it, Foden said he was "very surprised to learn at the end of the last half term that there was an unexpected deficit in our school meals budget... Closer inspection revealed that this was because a handful of pupils had run up debts totaling more than £1,800 ($2410)."

The headmaster has since clarified that as many as 70 pupils owe money on meals, with nine parents owing more than £50 and three owing more than £100.

"I am sorry that we have had to take these steps, but the scale of the default means that something clearly has to be done," Foden wrote, according to BBC.

Ignited a firestorm in the UK

Needless to say, parents were not happy with this decision.

"I understand that people should pay their bills, but at the same time, people are struggling," said Darren Owen, who is a father of five. "Surely they know who the parents are. Can't they help them?"

The issue even reached all the way to the Manchester United soccer team, and star Marcus Rashford commented on it on Twitter.

Has the pandemic not taught us anything? Can we not be understanding? Come on now…

Marcus Rashford via Twitter

School holds strong

The school does offer the most disadvantaged parents free meals, but won't help these particular indebted students for whatever reason.

"In terms of payment of school meals, an online system has been introduced on which parents should ensure that sufficient funds are in place to pay for their child's school meals," a spokesperson for Gwynedd council said, according to BBC.

"The payment system offers some flexibility for parents who may for whatever reason not be able to make payment for a short period of time. Reminder messages are sent as required to ensure that no significant debts are incurred... We do not operate a blanket policy of refusing meals to pupils, and will discuss this matter directly with the school."

Blogger to the rescue

But the students found an unlikely savior: award-winning dad blogger Simon Harris said he'd fundraise to pay the bill for all parents.

"As it has been reported that you've told your chef not to serve meals to pupils who are more than 2p in debt due to a £1,800 deficit in your catering budget, I am more than happy to cover this amount from some recent fundraising to end this madness. Let me know," Harris wrote, according to The Daily Post.

I will absolutely cover their catering deficit if it stops this madness of kids potentially going hungry.

Simon Harris

Speaking to North Wales Live, Harris added: "We could all sit here and argue about ‘parents who can afford it but won’t pay’ and ‘parents spending the cash on whatever else instead’ until the cows come home. All I’m interested in is putting this rubbish to bed and getting the kids fed."

No child should go hungry

At this point, the dispute is still ongoing but it's worth pausing to appreciate this dad's gesture. No kid should go hungry, period. And it is our responsibility to ensure that, especially during a pandemic.

So good on this dad for standing up to the student council. Hopefully, he stands by his promise to pay off the debt.

Want an amazing resource for you and your children? Check out our article on quotes to inspire your kids.

More uplifting stories:

Stand up for what you believe in
"Strong people stand up for themselves, but stronger people stand up for others." -Suzy Kassem

Hot Stories

Snoop Dogg Wouldn't Choose Sides, Tupac Called Him Out
Snoop Dogg The Family You Choose

Snoop Dogg is an icon of positivity and peace, but that wasn't always the case. After the "Drop It Like It's Hot" gangster rapper faced felony charges and 3-year prison sentence he decided to make a change. Slowly but surely, Snoop Dogg traded in the "guns, drugs, and thugs" lifestyle for cannabis and a lucrative business partnership with Martha Stewart. But decades later it seems his past is coming back to haunt him. In a shocking interview, Jada Pinkett-Smith confronts Snoop about Tupac’s tragic death. She asks the questions no one dared ask: Why did Snoop and Tupac have a falling out? Did Snoop betray Tupac to save himself?

LIttle girl wearing glasses, a house on fire and a mom with three kids (inset)

6-Year-Old Girl Runs Into Burning House To Save Her Family

Courtesy Laura-Lee Patterson II Sadie Gelder / SWNS

Olivia Patterson may only be 6 years old but she didn't let that stop her from being a superhero.

Not only did she save the day, but she also saved her family — from a devastating fire that ravaged their home and could have turned deadly.

Keep ReadingShow less
Uplifting News
Toddler standing with the pilot and a man carrying a toddler in a flight.

Man Helps Overwhelmed Single Mom Traveling With Toddler

TikTok/ @zephanarnia

Any parent knows that going anywhere with a toddler can be a daunting experience. Trips to the grocery store can quickly feel like you're competing in a grueling Olympic sport.

So imagine how much higher the stakes are when you try traveling with your toddler? It can be downright exhausting, especially if you're doing it solo.

Not only are you dealing with the near-impossible task of keeping your young child quiet, well-behaved, and entertained but you're also trying to navigate all of the stuff that comes along with them, like a stroller, extra luggage, and a car seat.

For single mom Zephaniah Henry, her first time flying with her two-year-old son, Asaph, was overwhelming.

While most people turned a blind eye (while likely simultaneously praying that they weren't sitting anywhere near the duo) one male passenger decided to do something about it. His response is going viral.

Keep ReadingShow less
Uplifting News