Idaho cafeteria worker says she was fired after giving student free lunch

Dalene Bowden

POCATELLO, Idaho (NBC News)–A school cafeteria worker says she was fired after giving a hungry student free lunch.

Dalene Bowden, a server at Irving Middle School in Pocatello, told NBC affiliate KPVI in Idaho that she gave the hot meal to a 12-year-old girl with no lunch money whom said she was hungry on Dec. 15.

“I handed her the food and said, ‘Here, we’ll take care of it in a minute,”‘ Bowden told the station. She then offered to pay the $1.70 cost of the lunch.

Instead, Bowden said, her supervisor placed her on leave — and on Monday, Bowden received a registered letter from the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District informing her she had officially been fired for theft of school property, according to the Idaho Statesman.

“My heart hurts. I truly loved my job, and I can’t say that I wouldn’t do it again,” Bowden, who worked in the school cafeteria for three years, told the station.

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