A kitchen manager said she was fired from a Colorado elementary school for giving away free lunches to students who couldn’t afford meals.

Della Curry said she lost her job at Dakota Valley Elementary School in Aurora for giving out about 20 hot lunches this year to students who didn’t qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.

"It is policy to never give out free food ... that is all fine and dandy until you have little kids not on the free and reduced program and their account goes negative," Curry told the Denver Post.

The school district said it could not comment on personnel matters, but said in a statement:

The law does not require the school district to provide a meal to children who have forgotten their lunch money - that is a district decision. According to our practice, we provide hot meals to students the first three times they forget their lunch money and charge their parents' accounts. The fourth time, we provide a cheese, or if available turkey, sandwich and milk. No child is ever allowed to go without lunch.

Curry said she wants to see the school’s policy changed.


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