- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A Colorado school cafeteria worker is reportedly out of work after she gave away free lunches to students who didn’t have any money.

Della Curry lost her job Friday as the kitchen manager at Dakota Valley Elementary School in Aurora, a local CBS affiliate reported.

“I had a first-grader in front of me, crying, because she doesn’t have enough money for lunch. Yes, I gave her lunch,” the married mother of two told the station.

According to the Cherry Creek School District, students who don’t qualify for the free or reduced lunch program are given hot meals the first three times they forget their lunch money and their parents’ accounts are charged. The fourth time, the district provides a cheese sandwich and milk.

Ms. Curry said the cheese sandwich is not sufficient. She said she has paid for lunches out of her own pocket many times.

“I’ll own that I broke the law. The law needs to change,” she told CBS. “Kids whose parents make too much money to qualify, but a lot of times they don’t have enough money to eat.

“If me getting fired for it is one way that we can try to change this, I’ll take it in a heartbeat,” she said.

The district said it cannot comment on personnel issues, but said “anyone who has ever been terminated has violated some kind of written policy,” CBS reported.

Ms. Curry acknowledged that she violated policy, but said she hopes to address the school board about making changes in the lunch policy.

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