Cafeteria worker fired over hungry student’s free meal, offered job back

(NBC) – A school cafeteria worker in Idaho who was allegedly fired for giving a hungry student a free lunch has been offered her job back, NBC News reported.

Dalene Bowden, a server at Irving Middle School in Pocatello, Idaho, told NBC affiliate KPVI she gave a 12-year-old girl with no money a free lunch. She said she offered to pay for the cost of the $1.70 meal, but said she was put on leave by her supervisor.

Her firing sparked outrage on social media, with a petition garnering almost 74,000 signatures calling for her reinstatement.

The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District declined to address specifics, but said in a statement that it allowed her a chance to return to work “in the spirit of the holidays.”

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