In countless junior highs and high schools, there really is no such thing as a free lunch.
Some schools make kids who qualify for the free lunch go through a separate line. But, rather than look "uncool" in front of their peers, many of these kids choose to go hungry, reports the New York Times. "I know kids need to eat but they don't want to be identified with free food," Kenneth Block, a track coach and security guard who oversees the lunch shift at Balboa High in San Francisco, told the NYT.
School officials there are considering going to a debit card system, where everyone checks out in the same line. It breaks our hearts that kids are missing out on their meals just because school officials haven't figured out how to avoid singling them out in such a negative way. How are school lunches handled in your kids' school? Can other kids tell who's getting a subsidized lunch?