UPDATE: The school district offered Bowden her job back on Christmas Eve, but Bowden said she was "apprehensive" about returning. Read more, here.


A cafeteria worker in Idaho was fired by school officials after she gave a hot lunch to a needy student, the Idaho Statesman reported.

According to thereport, Dalene Bowden had been placed on leave the week before after she gave away the food, at a cost of $1.70, to a 12-year-old girl who did not have money. 

Bowden was subsequently fired from her job at Irving Middle School by the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District.

A Facebook page that was set up in support of Bowden posted the termination letter that she was sent by the district. 

This is horrible!!!! This woman has a Conscience and was punished for it!!! This is the letter she received from the school district.

Posted by Give Dalene Bowden her job back on Saturday, December 19, 2015

The paper reported that the school district would not comment on the matter. Bowden said she offered to pay for the meal, but her supervisor rejected her offer. 

Bowden said she did not have any other job performance issues, other than a verbal warning for once giving a student a free cookie.

“I know I screwed up, but what are you supposed to do when the kid tells you that they’re hungry and they don’t have any money,” Bowden said

The city of Pocatello released a statement Wednesday, calling the situation "unfortunate" and saying the mayor was attempting to meet with school officials over their decision to fire Bowden. 


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