Della Curry was fired from her position as a kitchen manager at Dakota Valley Elementary School in Aurora, Colorado, after she gave school lunches to children who couldn’t afford food.
“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.
Curry doesn’t deny she broke the law by feeding the children something other than the designated meal for low-income families, which consists of one slice of cheese on a hamburger bun, and a small milk. Still, she isn’t sorry for what she did. “The law needs to change,” she said.
In the Cherry Creek School District, students whose families make $31,000 annually qualify for a free lunch, but families that make less than $45,000 qualify for a reduced lunch. Though those numbers fluctuate depending on the size of the household, Curry said there’s a problem with that system.
“Kids whose parents make too much money to qualify, but a lot of times they don’t have enough money to eat,” she said.
The students she was fired for helping didn’t qualify for either program. It wasn’t the first time Curry helped a student in need — she told CBS4 she has paid for lunches before with her own money.