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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

If you asked me I'd say school staff responsible for taking food away from children and throwing it in the garbage should be fired, but the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado fired an employee for actually feeding children.

According to the Denver Post, Della Curry, 35, was the Cherry Creek School District's kitchen manager. She says she would often see students crying because of hunger and no lunch money. So instead of letting them go hungry, she would pay for lunches out of her own pocket or let them have it for free. When this was discovered, Curry was let go. [...]

Te district wouldn't comment on why it fired Curry, but it released a statement saying, "The law does not require the school district to provide a meal to children who have forgotten their lunch money."

The law doesn't require you to provide food to children? Okay?

It's not as if she had a habit of giving them free food at the expense of the school or the district. She paid for most of it herself.


“I had a first grader in front of me, crying, because she doesn’t have enough money for lunch. Yes, I gave her lunch,” Curry said. [...]

The Cherry Creek School District said they cannot comment on personnel issues, but said “anyone who has ever been terminated has violated some kind of written policy.”

Fuck your policy.

  • Draxiar

    “I believe the children are our future, take their food and let them starve away…”…isn’t that how the song goes?
    This story is one of the most repulsive things I’ve read and it makes me physically angry that people would A) Deny a child a lunch and B) Fire someone for not denying a child a lunch. I’m sure these people will feel very Christian on Sunday when they feel as though they embrace the “love they neighbor” and “do unto others” part of the sermon.

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    Those kids better grow some bootstraps real soon!

  • Victor the Crab

    Kneecaps must be smashed over this!!!

  • Okay, now I’m conflicted.

    I just visited her Facebook page, set up to get the law changed (good for her!). She’s going to appear on Fox and Friends tomorrow. Ew. I wonder what asinine, monstrous take those dumbasses are going to take on this act of compassion.

  • Oh, they are going to regret this. Once the Internet gets ahold of it, this is the kind of thing that ignites a crapstorm of Internet proportions.

    (And of course, they are horrible, horrible people).

    • Christopher Foxx

      Once the Internet gets ahold of it, this is the kind of thing that ignites a crapstorm of Internet proportions.

      As well it should. The internet is a great tool for manufactured outrage. But sometimes it gets a truly deserving asshole in it’s sites.

      This would be the good kind of crapstorm. I’ve got to go see if I can add a few drops to the deluge.

    • Victor the Crab

      They goddamn fucking better, and not spend their time shaming some C-list celebrity for posting a drunken tweet they made five years ago after some no life loser went through ten thousand of them. Or else we as a society are truly fucked!
      (and more kneecaps will be smashed)

  • muselet

    Over the course of the year, she says she gave about 20 students a free hot lunch.

    A quick shufti round the internet tells me a school lunch costs a district something south of $3, which means Della Curry didn’t cost Cherry Creek School District much money at all, especially since she paid for some of those lunches herself.

    This is about punishing poor children for being poor, nothing else.


    • JMAshby

      That seems a little high. Granted it has been about 10 years, but my mother worked for the local school district (in central KY) and I can tell you the school spent $1 per day per student on food.

      Even if it was higher than that, it’s not a large sum of money. Do you fire someone over $20? $30? I guess so.

      • muselet

        Exact—and up-to-date—numbers are hard to come by, but for elementary school lunches, the national average looks more like $1.50, going up to two dollars and change for high school. And some of that cost is subsidized by USDA, so a district’s costs are even lower, and the subsidies are higher for low-cost and free lunches.

        The amount of money Della Curry cost Cherry Creek School District is roughly what the district spends on extra paper clips because that one assistant superintendent makes models of the Eiffel Tower when he’s bored.