LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The Kauai County Council has unanimously passed a resolution urging state officials, parents and guardians to prevent students from going hungry at schools.
The Garden Island newspaper reports the council said current state Department of Education policy must be changed. The policy allows authorities to take cafeteria lunches away from students if the student's lunch account balance falls $10 in the red.
Councilwoman JoAnn Yukimura says it's "horrifying" to think about a child picking up lunch at the cafeteria only to have it taken and thrown away.
Kauai schools tell parents and guardians when a student's account has a low balance. When an account has a negative balance, officials inform parents and guardians payment must be made the following day or the student must bring lunch from home.