How to bring up food issue with parent

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  1. Peregrin5

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    I have a student who says he doesn't have lunch. He doesn't bring it from home, and he said his parents are too poor to give him money to eat at school.

    I wanted to mention this to the parent, but I feel like it would be too delicate a conversation for me. I don't want to be the one insinuating that they are not feeding their child. How would you do it, or would you do it at all? I mentioned it to my AP but I don't know if she took any steps.
     
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  3. Caesar753

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    I would contact the counseling office and ask them to advise you. There may be FRL forms available for the parent. I wonder if this is also perhaps a CPS issue. If it is, you must report it immediately.
     
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    Good idea.
     
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    I was going to suggest the counselor so I second what Ceasar said.
     
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    Do you think the student is giving you accurate information?
     
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    We provide lunch at my small school for students who do not have lunch. We have run in with issues every year with students who choose not to bring lunch or throw it out before they get on the bus. We also have had parents who choose not to send their child to school with a lunch.
     
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    We have fruit and granola bars in the office for kids who may not have lunch. While not a full meal, it will certainly hold them over until they get home. We used to have bagels, pizza left from pizza lunches, string cheese and fruit cups, but found that kids were taking advantage--eating their lunches at recess or throwing things out so that they could get "free food" from the office. The office tracks who comes in for food and gives a call home after a students shows up a couple of times just to check that what they are telling us is true.
     
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