Lunch lady who gave free meal to hungry child fired for ‘theft’

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“My heart hurts. I truly loved my job, and I can’t say that I wouldn’t do it again,” Bowden told KPVI. “Cause they’re hungry. What do you do? Send them out there, so they can get it taken away and thrown away? No!”

Bowden said a supervisor saw her give food to the 12-year-old girl and reported the incident.

“He said I was on permanent leave, until he called me. I should not call them. He will call me. And they never called me. I got the letter,” she said.

In that letter, Bowden was terminated for “theft.”

Social media has since rallied behind Bowden. She has also hired an attorney.

The school district did not respond to KPVI’s request for comment

36 thoughts on “Lunch lady who gave free meal to hungry child fired for ‘theft’

  • December 23, 2015 at 11:52 AM
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    you could have PAID for the meal it was not yours to give away

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    • December 23, 2015 at 1:42 PM
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      Mark you are a person that should not be able to live you are what is wrong in this world.

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      • December 23, 2015 at 5:18 PM
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        Actually, Mark is what’s RIGHT with this world. It’s not up to the tax payers to feed every ones children. There are plenty of charities to do this. Anyone that truly cares can give to CHARITY. Give your own money. Stop stealing.

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      • December 25, 2015 at 4:57 PM
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        Lee you are actually what’s wrong. Mark simply said she should of paid for the lunch and donated to the child, that is real giving. Not giving what’s not yours to begin with, that would be easy. Watch I’ll take all your shit and give it to a needy child. Doesn’t sound good. Well what if I just take a lil bit of your stuff every day? Still doesn’t sound good does it?

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    • December 23, 2015 at 5:28 PM
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      Mark,
      Liberals never want to help with their money. But. it’s ok to steal someones money if you are giving it to the children.

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    • December 23, 2015 at 7:03 PM
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      she did try to pay for it, they wouldn’t accept it! If you wouldn’t have done the same thing as she did, you have no heart!! No child should Be hungry in school. $1.70 is nothing. I’m a mom and a grandma, great grandma! Never ever do you see a child hungry and not feed them. It’s not the little girls fault, don’t put her in that position! Quietly let her eat, worry about it later!!

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      • December 25, 2015 at 10:06 AM
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        Amen Yvonne, I agree with you entirely, so many morons and so few Christian hearts, it’s a sad world.

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    • December 24, 2015 at 3:58 AM
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      mark, I truly hope that you never have kids!! You are a cold hearted Liberal who only cares about themselves You should be ashamed of yourself and hope that someday you dont have to go hungry!!

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    • December 24, 2015 at 9:18 AM
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      I have worked as a school meals cook and can tell you the amount of food binned on a daily basis because councils will not allow it to be used the following day is obscene. This lady had every right to give this food away as a council tax payer she contributes to the financing of school meals.

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    • December 25, 2015 at 10:03 AM
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      I hope you never go hungry you self righteous philistine, it seems that the opportunity never arose, if it had, things might have been very different, but evidently, it is policy to throw things in the waste rather than allow one simple act of human dignity, you make me me sick to the stomach.

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    • December 24, 2015 at 3:45 AM
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      All schools give free lunch to the kids maybe we are looking in the wrong direction maybe the color was off. In hindsite to be fired for theft that is harsh and not called for. I happen to know the food that is dump out is a sin.

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  • December 23, 2015 at 12:20 PM
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    NO CHILD SHOULD GO HUNGRY….I SUPPORT HER…..WOULD YOU LET YOUR KIDS GO HUNGRY…WTF HAS THIS COUNTRY COME TO!!!!!!

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  • December 23, 2015 at 4:48 PM
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    I totally agree with her. You never know what is going on in the home so when a child is hungry, feed her. It cant cost the school board that much.

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  • December 23, 2015 at 5:25 PM
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    So, to all of you that think this is OK:

    Can I come to your home, break in when you are away, steal your possessions, sell them, and use the money to feed some kids?

    It’s for the KIDS. Don’t you care about the kids?

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    • December 24, 2015 at 10:41 AM
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      You are a damned IDIOT

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    • December 24, 2015 at 10:42 AM
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      What an asinine statement!

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  • December 23, 2015 at 5:42 PM
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    A school lunch costs $2.50. the school can absorb that much for one day!!! what is wrong with this world??? Kids should not have to go hungry EVER, and yes I am a taxpayer, a Mom and a Grandmom!!!I don’t care if my tax dollars go to feed hungry school kids, these kids are the future of our World!!!!

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  • December 23, 2015 at 6:35 PM
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    I’ve seen the break down of donating to these so called charities less than 1% donated goes to the actual charity the rest goes to support a CEO’s drug habbit ,or extravagant vactions so saying donate to a charity is a freaking joke!!!!!However there are still kids in our country dont get proper meals because of of lazy ass parents to self absorbed with their own lives to make sure their children are properly taken care of…I know this from personal experience,or using the chld as a token to hold in front of man wants nothing more than to lay down then bounce!!! I stand behind this woman,she did what her heart told her to do!!! How dare you judge her,with your bullshit politics!!! Not to mention the amount of food thrown away every day because its not eaten so if this woman gave away 50 cents of my tax money oh freaking well at least I see a benefit from it!!!

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    • December 23, 2015 at 10:11 PM
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      I’m sure the school could afford it since the kids are forced to eat the garbage that Moochelle Scumbama has put on the school menu.

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  • December 23, 2015 at 7:19 PM
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    Be kind to one another.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS

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  • December 23, 2015 at 7:34 PM
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    Some ppl putting up comments you could of paid for the meal omg really this was a hungry child from the school wouldn’t you give food to a hungry child the food was going in the bin anyway well done to this dinner lady that child could of been an abused child that wasn’t being fed at home your a fantastic lady with a good heart xx

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  • December 23, 2015 at 9:04 PM
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    ok are kids go school they have to pay but then there men and woman in prison get three free meals a day on us and u people want to bitch and raise hell cause a lady give a kid a free meal u need to bitch and raise hell about all the one’s in prison eating three free meals a day cause there in there for drugs murder shit like that cause there to fucking sorry to work a kid goes to school now shout the fuck up !!!!

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  • December 23, 2015 at 9:20 PM
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    We feed our kids in this country liberal conservative republican democrat we feed our kids .i dont see it as stealing i see it as feeding a hungry child and i am repulsed at some of you talking about tax dollars to feed our children get iff your high horse complain about how iur tax dollars are waisted not how they do good by feeding our children

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  • December 23, 2015 at 10:24 PM
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    Having kids in school that are hungry doesn’t happen all the time. An unpaid lunch on occasion won’t break the system. They throw it away any how. Wake up people what if it was your child. A lot of us would’ve gladly paid for that little girls lunch. God bless your children.

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  • December 23, 2015 at 10:57 PM
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    I would like to hire this woman to be on my team so we can establish a fund that pays for meals for these hungry kids.

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  • December 23, 2015 at 11:04 PM
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    I would have done the same sure lunches get thrown out at end of day..trash or hungry child no brainer. I have a friend that cashered at large box store and was written up because customer was 10 cents shirt and my friend had dime in pocket and used it …whatever happened to helping others

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  • December 23, 2015 at 11:33 PM
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    hey bob u feed the fucking musliams for fucking free u ass

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  • December 23, 2015 at 11:40 PM
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    The lord is coming and I can’t wait. Things use to be so different it is really sad but he will be here sooner than you think. Just sayin,

    Now lets hear from the peanut gallery.

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  • December 24, 2015 at 2:01 AM
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    She did what any normal human would have done. I think you all forget that Jesus said feed the hungry. I would have done the same thing.

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    • December 24, 2015 at 6:43 AM
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      Some of you people kill me (and you know who you are) so frikin worried about YOUR tax dollar, and where it goes. What damn difference does it make, once it’s taken out of your pay check it’s gone, you have no say in where it goes. I would much rather my tax dollar go to feed children in school who don’t have enough food to eat, than to have it go toward buying a 50k hammer for the government that I can go to walmart and buy for a few dollars. You make me sick.

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  • December 24, 2015 at 1:51 PM
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    Feed the child. All these taxes that paid for it, well it’s paid for. In lieu of dumping it in the trash, feed a child. It was a loss that would have been taken anyway.
    Fire her over this absurd! Especially since she offered to pay for it. Now if she was sticking her hands in the lunch money, different story. Certain amount of meals are prepared and whatever is left should be given to a hungry child. Eliminate waste.
    There is a time to consider a hungry child over policy. It is Cjristmas time, Merry Christmas be kind to one another. Pay it forward, feed a child.

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  • December 24, 2015 at 3:09 PM
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    God bless this lady for feeding one of his child. i am proud of you your reward will come in heaven. for those hew say she did not will you will have to come before god and answer to him.

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  • December 24, 2015 at 7:41 PM
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    So ppl what if u were that lunch lady and u saw ur own child hungry…. Who u let ur own child go hungry … NO i didnt think so … I would have done the same thing

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  • December 25, 2015 at 10:53 AM
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    there are some arseholes on here who have not one ounce of humanity would hate to see that mark if he was starving fucking prat

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  • December 25, 2015 at 5:40 PM
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    No child should be punished because of the adults. No child should be hungry.

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