New Mexico ending lunch shaming
SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (CBS4) —
New Mexico has outlawed school lunch shaming
Lunch shaming is what happens when a child can't pay a school lunch bill, and they are made aware of it in front of their peers.
That includes making kids wear a wrist band or perform chores in exchange for a meal.
Earlier this month, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed the hunger-free students' Bill of Rights.
Schools will work with parents to pay their debts or sign up for federal meal assistance.
This will apply to public, private and religious schools that receive federal subsidies for students' breakfasts and lunches.
Luis Sotomayor, a parent of an elementary school student in Sunland Park, New Mexico, said, "I couldn't imagine something like that happening to [my] own kid".
He goes on to say "It's definitely a good thing and it makes it easier just for the kids to be able to get in line and not to worry about what some of their peers are gonna say".
Texas is currently considering New Mexico's legislation.
And under a new requirement from the United States Department of Agriculture, every state in the country must clarify its policy on meal debt by July 1.