Liverpool parents got an email on Sunday, reminding them that the school’s food service is unable to give kids napkins and utensils if they’re not buying lunch. The reasoning is that it allows them to provide free breakfast to all students.
Following that newsletter, parents took to social media.
Including Rose Manzietti, “a lot of people were really disappointed with the email,” said Manzietti, “they thought it was really distasteful and shameful of the district.”
As taxpayers, Manzietti said parents are concerned where their money is going and why the district may be struggling to cover these costs.
“These schools are built to protect and take care of our children when we’re not there–and not everybody is fortunate enough to supply their children with things like that,” Manzietti said.
District representatives responded to the concerns in a statement.
“The LCSD food service department participates in the national school breakfast and lunch program, which is federally funded. This funding is carefully monitored and the department can only allocate that funding for students who are purchasing meals. This policy is part of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. Any school district that participates in this program follows this policy. Liverpool has participated in the program for more than 20 years.”
The representative goes on to say that if a child happens to forget it one day, an exception can be made. However, the Food Service Department cannot provide these items to students on a daily basis or to classrooms for celebrations.
Though the program has been around for two decades, it’s the first time Manzietti and others have heard of the rule.
“Maybe next time they’ll be more cautious on how they’re wording these emails and relaying information to parents because then it can send the wrong message about the district and Liverpool is a great district,” Manzietti said.