Officials said the high school’s nutrition services staff had begun implementing a practice where students with a meal balance of $15 or more are provided with an “alternative lunch.”
On Monday, around 40 students had hot lunches taken off their trays, thrown out, and replaced with a cold lunch, KARE 11 reported.
“Once our administration was made aware of the situation, we immediately ceased the practice in time for the third lunch period,” the school district said.
Tables at Richfield High School will be set up during lunch this week for students to check their account balances and ask questions about nutrition services, the district said.
Fox News reached out to the high school and school district with a request for comment.
The school district said it has nearly $20,000 in outstanding lunch account balances. Officials said parents and community members have called about donating to help pay off balances.