Company offers to rehire NH lunch lady who lost job over free lunch

CANAAN, N.H. (AP) A company has offered to rehire a school cafeteria worker it fired for giving a student lunch for free.

Bonnie Kimball said she was fired March 28 by Fresh Picks, a vendor that supplies food to the Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan.

Kimball says that when the student's account showed no funds, she quietly told him, "tell [your] mom you need money," and provided him with lunch. A day later, she claims she was terminated.

A spokeswoman for the Manchester-based company said Friday that an employee it did not name violated school and company policy and that a district manager had terminated the person. But the company said it had offered to rehire the employee, provide her back pay and would "work with the school district to revise policies and procedures regarding transactions."

A message was left with Kimball for comment.

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