Angela Prattis, a school lunch worker in Pennsylvania, is facing a fine of $600 per DAY ... for giving away free meals to needy kids. Say what now?
In the Toby Farms community of Chester Township, Pa., Prattis provides as many as 60 kids with boxed lunches as part of a subsidized program.
The program takes place during the summer, when schools that often provide needy kids with much-appreciated breakfasts and lunches are closed.
So what's the problem?
Officials say lunch lady Prattis did not obtain an ordinance variance which Chester officials maintain she needs to conduct such charitable activities.
The price of such a permit? $1,000.
Despite the fact that the meals are administered by the state department of education and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, she's still violating town law.
Not that the lunch lady plans on closing up shop.
“I’m not stopping. These kids are hungry. I’m not tearing down the community. I’m keeping the children out of harm’s way," she said."Last Friday, I had 20 children walk to my house in the pouring rain for lunch, and at 2 pm they came back for a snack. Tell me this program is not needed.”
It seems as though the lunch lady’s fine is a tale of municipality bureaucracy gone wild, but Bill Pisarek, the Chester Township business manager, explains:
“Basically the property is in an R3 residential zone ... We’re not here to go after her, to hurt her, take money from her or to prevent her from feeding kids.”
The lunch lady says that, until she has a chance to appeal the fine or ordinance fee, she plans to keep feeding needy kids lunch. Bless her heart.