A cafeteria worker at a canaan, NH, high school recently lost his job to allow a financially strapped student to take food without paying, according to published reports.
New Hampshire Union Leader identified the worker as Bonnie Kimball, who was fired in March by vendor Cafe Services from her job at Mascoma Valley Regional High School.
Kimball, reported the newspaper, March 28, interaction with a boy who could not pay for a la carte goods on his drawer, and she told him to have his mother put money on his account. A cafeteria representative was observing operations at that time, and Kimball was terminated the next day, Union Leader reported.
Cafe Services disputes Kimball's account in a statement to Globe.
"The information reported is false, says the statement." As an organization, we are very aware of the prevalence of food security and pride in being able to offer meals to those in need. "
The company said that the Fresh Picks Café department "would never authorize an employee to not give a student or an employee a meal. "
The company said that while" we do not have the freedom to discuss confidential details of employee employment or dismissal from employment, we can share that the company has in place policies and procedures shared with and recognized by team members; When established policies and procedures are not followed, corrective actions have been initiated until and with dismissal. "
Kimball could not be reached for comment. The school district also provided a statement when asked to terminate the termination.
" The Mascoma Valley Regional School District has signed a contract with Café Services to operate the Mascoma's food program, "said the district." Those working in the lunch program are employees of Café Services, and Café Services is responsible for hiring staff decisions. The school district policy is to make healthy, nutritious school meals available to all children, regardless of whether the child has sufficient funds to cover the cost of the meal. "
Kimball told the EU leader that lunch staff know about the student's individual circumstances and said she was" doing what I was told to do "when she allowed the student to take food.
Kimball sent Wednesday's report of her firing to her personal Facebook page, and supporters wrote comments from encouragement.
"My heart goes out to you," said one person.
Another Facebook user posted "Take It All the Way Bonnie Kimball, YOU MADE THE RIGHT, Kindness trumps Company Greed Every time in my head and heart! "