Chef José Andrés hails cafeteria worker fired for giving student lunch, offers her job
Added 05-20-19 12:13:02am EST - “She may have gotten fired over a free sandwich, but school cafeteria worker Bonnie Kimball is being hailed as a hero by none other than renowned chef Jos” - Nydailynews.com
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She may have gotten fired over a free sandwich, but lunch lady Bonnie Kimball is being hailed as a hero by none other than renowned chef José Andrés, who has all but offered her a job.
In March Kimball got canned after giving lunch to a student whose account did not have enough in it to cover the food – even though the student paid up the next day.
Kimball worked for vendor Café Services and was based at Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan, New Hampshire. A public outcry ensued from parents, and several colleagues reportedly quit in protest after her firing. A funding campaign raised more than $5,000.
The company said she had violated policy and that her actions, worth $8, constituted theft. They said they would not deny a meal to a student who did not have enough money, but that such students were not allowed to take certain items, such as ice cream bars, sports drinks and chips, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
On Friday Mascoma Valley Regional School District Superintendent Amanda Isabelle gave Café Services an ultimatum: Hire Kimball back or risk losing its recently renewed $500,000 contract.
New Hampshire school cafeteria worker fired for giving food to student who couldn't pay - WHBQ! The hero is Bonnie Kimball! If she needs a job we have openings at @thinkfoodgroup if you know her, let her know! @NewHampJournal https://t.co/o7JHXgRtn6— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) May 17, 2019
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