Caddo Parish school mom Julia Miller is frustrated over how her son was treated when his lunch card didn't have enough money on it to pay for lunch.
"He said they gave him two slices of plain bread and a slice of cheese and a glass of water'" says Miller.
Miller says her son, who attends University Elementary , came home starving last Tuesday and she had no idea that a cheese sandwich was all her son had for lunch.
"I don't understand why the policy isn't to just feed a kid and then send a note home saying that they owe for the lunch, " Miller stated.
But Debra Harris, who is the Director of Food Services for Caddo Parish, told KTBS 3 News that under federal law if a students doesn't have the money to pay for lunch a school district is not required to feed them anything at all.
"Each school deals with this issue differently. Some schools have a slush fund that the PTO/PTA will pay for lunches. Sometimes teachers will pay for lunches out their pockets. If all else fails we will provide the child with a cheese or peanut butter sandwich because we don't want any student to go without eating," says Harris.
Miller is the first to admit that she failed her son by not making sure he had enough money on his card to pay for lunch. This is the first time it has ever happened. She also has a 12 year old daughter and it has never happened with her either. Miller says she doesn't understand why she didn't get a call from the school opting instead to let her son go hungry.
" I don't understand how a principal or teacher can sit there and eat his or her lunch knowing a child is hungry," say Miller.
Parents have several ways they can pay for lunch. They can drop money off at school or refill their students lunch card online at www.mylunchmoney.com.