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Lunch Lady Fired for Feeding Hungry Kids Now Fights for Change

She may have lost her job, but she’s not apologizing for what she did.

Della Curry was the Dakota Valley Elementary School Kitchen Manager until she was fired for committing a terrible offense—feeding hungry students. She often witnessed children crying because they weren't given any money to purchase lunch. Curry would occasionally pay for their meals out of her own pocket or give them a free lunch tray from the school’s kitchen.


After being fired by the school district, she isn’t apologetic. In fact, she’s committed herself to the cause of changing school lunch policies.

[quote position="full" is_quote="false"]I had a first-grader in front of me, crying, because she doesn't have enough money for lunch. Yes, I gave her lunch...I'll own that I broke the law. The law needs to change.[/quote]

After losing her job, Curry started a Facebook page dedicated to changing laws and policies centered around school lunches. Although she is still unemployed, she isn’t exactly begging the district for her job back. “While I know that what I did was legally wrong, I do not feel bad about it,” Curry said. “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Here’s what Curry said about losing her job on Facebook.

Here’s Curry talking to CBS4 in Denver.

[quote position="full" is_quote="true"]If me getting fired for it is one way we can change this, I’ll take it in a heartbeat.[/quote]

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