Lunch Lady: I Was Fired for Feeding Kids Who Couldn’t Afford Food


By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

AURORA, Colo. — A school lunch lady is out of a job after being fired for giving lunches to kids who didn’t have any money.

Della Curry told KCNC that a first grader was crying because she didn’t have enough money for lunch so Curry gave her a lunch.

It was not the only time she provided a nutritious lunch for a child, often paying for them out of her own pocket.

KCNC said the district provides lunches for students who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch when they do not have the funds to pay. But the lunch, which is one slice of cheese on a hamburger bun and a small milk, was not sufficient in Curry’s opinion.

Curry admits she broke the law and that her firing is policy, but said that the policy needs to change.

School district responds

Now the district is firing back, disputing the-now former cafeteria manager’s claims.

Cherry Creek School District spokesperson Tustin Amole told KCNC, ‘It is so unfortunate that she is able to provide inaccurate information that I can’t address because of state privacy issues.’

Amole also told the station that Curry’s firing had nothing to do with giving away food, rather ‘There are a number of documented issues that would have led to the action that we took.’

When questioned specifically the firing had nothing to do with hungry students, Amole responded ‘There are no hungry kids. We feed every child.’


Amole added that the district cannot release specifics on the case without permission from Curry to release her personnel file. Curry told KCNC she will not permit the release.

Curry said despite the firing, she would do it again.

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