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Letter: Incompetence in the lunch line

From all accounts printed in the West Central Tribune and through online comments on Facebook, a ridiculous level of incompetence is running rampant at the Willmar Public School District, among others.

Perhaps other area schools should be grouped in with Willmar in that statement, but for now I’m going based on what’s been in newsprint so far.

If the adults operating the Willmar school can’t figure out that handing food to a student and then telling them that they can’t afford it is a shameful act, then fire the whole lot of them and start over.

Think about the level of work and expense that goes into shipping food to the school, storing it, preparing it and then serving it in the lunch line. Then take that prepared food and dump it in the garbage? Perhaps I’m in outer space, but I find that concept appalling.

If for whatever reason the student did not deserve to get the food in the first place, why put it in their hands only to take it away? Have highly paid professional workers in public schools lost touch with reality to the point that it’s somehow OK to waste food and waste it in front of a hungry teenager?

For heaven’s sake, take the lunch money situation out on the parent(s), not the kid. Do what they do at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa: Feed the kid that time, the next time and 100 percent of the time!

If federal or state policies need changing to make it easier to get lunch payments from a parent or parents not involved in the free or reduced lunch program, then school officials need to say so. If they don’t have the wherewithal to do that, then they’re in the wrong line of work.

Randy Olson