Mom concerned after Eugene Ware Elementary runs out of hot lunches

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — One mom said her son came home hungry from his first day of school in the Kansas City, Kan. school district.

FOX 4’s Melissa Stern headed to Eugene Ware Elementary, where the student was told, when he went to get his hot lunch, that there wasn’t any left. And he said he wasn’t the only one.

8-year-old Zmark Jones started his first day of third grade on Monday. When he went to get his hot lunch, there wasn’t any left. He settled for a cold lunch of a muffin, yogurt, and a cheese stick.

On the car ride home, he told his mom Rachael McCall he was hungry.

“I’m like, ‘You just ate a couple hours ago,’ he says, ‘No, they ran out of lunches,'” McCall said.

She called the school and the district, but everyone had already gone home for the day.

“I’m really concerned because there’s a lot of students in the district that depend on the two meals that they get at school,” McCall explained. “They’ve even made it so all students in the elementary school and middle school get free lunch this year because of that issue.

The school told FOX 4 they have a population of more than 22,000 students and there are times when more kids than expected show up at a particular building. They also said feeding more than 300 kids at one time and trying to predict how many would want one entree versus another is a pretty inexact science.

In this case, they admit they ran out of hot entrees, but they said other entrees were provided and every student received a full meal.

McCall said a secretary told her they didn’t anticipate that many students eating, and called it “first day hiccups.”

McCall said she’s just concerned for kids who might not have any food at home. She said she hopes that it is indeed just a first day issue, and that in the future they have enough food for everyone.



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