Pennsylvania School District Threatens Foster Care for Kids With Unpaid Lunch Debt

July 22, 2019

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A Pennsylvania school district has sent a letter to parents falsely claiming that their children could be taken away from them if their school lunch balances aren't paid. "You can be sent to dependency court for neglecting your child's right to food," said the letter, which was sent to roughly 1,000 parents in the Wyoming Valley West School District. "The result may be your child being taken from your home and placed in foster care." The county's manager and child welfare agency director have since clarified that the district is spreading falsehoods about how the Children and Youth Services Department works. Still, the district--which says it's owed more than $20,000, but will receive funding to provide free lunches to all students next year--plans to send a follow-up letter that the Associated Press says is "less threatening."