Wilmington elementary school lunch lady fired for giving out free food

Published: Apr. 12, 2017 at 11:57 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2017 at 7:57 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, OH (FOX19) - A Wilmington elementary school lunch lady said she would buy food for hungry kids again if given the chance.

Debbie Solsman was fired in February after she gave food away to Denver Place Elementary School students who she said came up to her and told her they were still hungry after eating their lunch.

The Wilmington City School District terminated Solsman's employment for "Failure to account for food sales at (her) cashier job in the cafeteria and providing food without payment to (her) grandchildren."

Solsman said if she didn't have money on her to cover the cost, she would write out and IOU and put it in her cashier's drawer.

Solsman said she would pay off the debt out of her next paycheck.

"I sometimes would buy [hungry students] an extra slice of pizza because I did feel them out, ask them what they had for supper the night before. Sometimes they would tell me nothing," said Solsman, who had been a cafeteria worker in the school district since 2003.

If given an opportunity to work in a school cafeteria again and have a student come up to her and say they were still hungry, Solsman said that she would do it again.

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