Prohibit lunch shaming: Endorse S. 1064 & H.R. 2401

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Thank you Senators Udall and Heinrich and Representatives Lujan Grisham and Lujan for introducing these bills!

Lunch shaming occurs when children who do not have school lunch money in their account or money in hand to pay for lunch are publicly humiliated in their school cafeterias. Offensive practices include having their lunch thrown away, having their hand stamped, or being made to do chores for their meal. 

Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Robert Casey (D-PA), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) recently introduced S. 1064 and H.R. 2401, which would help end lunch shaming.

The bills would end the practices of marking — or otherwise identifying — students who owe school lunch debt, of requiring them to do chores, or of taking food away once it has been served. The bills also require that efforts to collect meal debt be directed to parents or guardians, and encourage schools to take steps to ensure that eligible children are certified for free or reduced-price school meals.

Go to to learn more. If you represent an organization, please consider endorsing these important bills!