Schoolgirl, 9, offered slice of dry bread by school after mum forgot to pay for lunch

The Mirror is reporting that a mother has been left “disgusted” after her daughter was given just a slice of bread for lunch after she forgot to pay her lunch money – totalling just £2.03.

Jodie White, 28, forgot to pay the paltry sum toward Sammy-Jo’s lunch, leaving the nine-year-old “starving” – because the school refused to contact her mum to pay. 

Famished Sammy-Jo Wren was left feeling feint and unable to concentrate in class, according to mum Jodie.

She said: “I forgot to pay just one day of my daughter’s school lunch, which was a genuine mistake, and they refused to feed my child and gave her a piece of bread with no butter.

“They made no effort to contact me asking me to provide a lunch for her and just allowed her to starve.

“I don’t know if any other school that does this and I find it appalling.”

But the unrepentant head Nicole Cummins refused to bend the stringent rules in place at Brede Primary School, in St Leonards, East Sussex.

She said that the payment policy – which allowed parents to pay online – had been in place for a “number of months”, and it is up to parents to ensure their children are properly fed.

She said: “The school runs an online payment system for meals or accepts advance cash payments.

“When a parent makes no arrangements for lunch, a child will be offered bread and fruit.

“All parents are aware of this policy which has been operating for a number of months.”

But Jodie disagrees, saying that her daughter was offered a piece of unbuttered bread or a piece of fruit – not both – and that the fruit on offer was a packet of raisins…

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Not the first story we’ve had like this recently but what do you think – was the school wrong just to give Sammy-Jo some bread or was that adequate?

And how much blame should the mother shoulder for the situation?

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  1. Maruta_Wataru

    SchoolsImprove A similar event happened years ago. This is absolutely appalling – all the more so because of the child’s age.

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