A Tennessee state representative has introduced a bill that would prevent schools from lunch-shaming students who cannot pay for their lunch or pay off their lunch debt.
House Bill 1589, called the “Tennessee Anti-Lunch Shaming Act,” was introduced yesterday by Representative John Ray Clemmons of Nashville.
Stipulations include schools being unable to make a student throw away any meal after it has been served because of their inability to pay. It also says schools cannot publicly identify or stigmatize students who cannot pay or those who have accumulated a meal debt including offering alternative meals. Instead, the bill would require schools to assist parents and guardians with obtaining free or reduced meals for their children, and work to offer any other assistance available.