June 02, 2015

Kitchen Manager Fired For Giving Lunch To Students Without Money

Della Curry is out of work, and unashamed, after being fired by the Cherry Creek School District.
A married mother of two, Curry is the former kitchen manager at Dakota Valley Elementary School in Aurora. She lost her job on Friday after giving school lunches to students who didn’t have any money.
“I had a first grader in front of me, crying, because she doesn’t have enough money for lunch. Yes, I gave her lunch,” Curry said.
In the district, students who fail to qualify for the free lunch or reduced lunch program receive one slice of cheese on a hamburger bun, and a small milk.
Curry says that meal is not sufficient. Many times she paid for lunches out of her own pocket.
“I’ll own that I broke the law. The law needs to change,” she said.
Della Curry (credit: CBS)

To qualify for the free lunch program, a family of four would have to have a household income of around $31,000. To qualify for a reduced lunch, the threshold is below $45,000.
Curry says the students she helped did not qualify for either program.
“Kids whose parents make too much money to qualify, but a lot of times they don’t have enough money to eat,” she said.
Parent Darnell Hill says Curry had helped out his son when he forgot his lunch money.
He said, “Do something different than fire her. She’s trying to help.” 
Curry said she understands the school district was just following policy when it fired her. Now she’s hoping her story will lead to some changes.
“If me getting fired for it is one way that we can try to change this, I’ll take it in a heartbeat,” she said.
The Cherry Creek School District said they cannot comment on personnel issues, but said “anyone who has ever been terminated has violated some kind of written policy.”


  1. Those doing the firing will receive their just reward, and she will receive hers. Just makes you wonder if they think it will be the same.

  2. Guillotine_readyJune 2, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    It really seems people are punished all the time for trying to do some good, doesn't it?

  3. What race do you think those kids are? Black parents refuse to give their kids the money and tell them to beg.