When an elementary or middle school student can't pay for lunch, that student will run up lunch debt. Students with debt are sometimes given an "alternative meal" instead of a hot lunch, and that could lead to shame and embarrassment. Recently a man in North Haverhill launched an effort to wipe out kids' lunch debt in his local schools...and is now promoting what he calls "lunch equality." For Isidro Rodriguez, it started in 2009, when he was working in the Woodsville Elementary school cafeteria and saw what happened to kids with lunch debt. The student would take a tray of hot food... "And then upon checking out, they'll give their numbers, or enter their numbers into the system. If there's a negative balance, most of the time they take that lunch...
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Foodstuffs: N.H. Man Fights For 'Lunch Equality'