A fund created to pay off school lunch debt is running out of money. The Food Assistance Fund was created to help Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) cover the cost of lunches when families fall short.
Monroe County’s Food Assistance Fund was started in May 2017, in response to the district’s practice of replacing hot meals with cold lunches for students with outstanding debt. Community members called the practice “lunch shaming,” saying students were being publicly humiliated for their families’ unpaid bills.
But according to an article in The Herald-Times this week, Monroe County schools are still short on money. Because federal funds cannot be used to cover lunch debt, the school corporation may have to draw from its operations fund to cover the $49,000 shortfall.
The school lunch assistance fund, collected by the Foundation for Monroe County Community Schools, can receive donations for this year’s debt until June 30, 2019.