Mo. cafeteria worker loses job after giving meals to student in need

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WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. — A Missouri woman who worked for years as a public school cafeteria worker is out of her job after she says she gave free meals to a child in need.

According to KTVI, 60-year-old Dianne Brame was a cafeteria manager at Hudson Elementary School in St. Louis County. 

“I knew kids by their names.  I knew their likes and dislikes.  So it was just fun,” Brame told KTVI. 

Recently, Brame says she met a fourth grader who consistently came to school without money.  She says used to be on the free lunch program, but language barriers got in the way of reapplying.  

“I sent them paperwork so that they could get back in contact with me, but it didn’t happen,” Brame told the station. 

Brame said she sneaked lunches to the boy for several days. 

“I let his account get over $45, which I’m only supposed to let it get over $10.  I started letting him come through my lunch line without putting his number in, and they look at that as stealing,” Brame told KTVI.  “I thought it was just taking care of a kid.” 

According to KTVI, Brame said she wanted to protect the student from being bullied.  She said a cheese sandwich is given to kids without lunch money by default. 

Brame says her supervisor learned of her actions on Tuesday, after which he said she needed to leave; or accept a demoted position at another school. 

Brame said she felt she didn’t have much of a choice because her husband died in February, resulting in the loss of her house and car. 

Her employer says she has an opportunity to appeal the decision. 

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