After a New Hampshire school cafeteria worker was fired for giving a student lunch for free, a famous chef reached out to the public, urging anyone who knows her to let her know he’s hiring.
Bonnie Kimball said she was terminated March 28 by Fresh Picks, a vendor that supplies food to the Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan. It came a day after she gave a student lunch, even though he couldn’t pay for it.
José Andrés is a chef who owns restaurants internationally and is known for his work to feed those suffering from natural disasters, WNCN reported. He tweeted Saturday that he has openings at ThinkFoodGroup if Kimball needed a job.
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New Hampshire school cafeteria worker fired for giving food to student who couldn’t pay – WHBQ! The hero is Bonnie Kimball! If she needs a job we have openings at @thinkfoodgroup if you know her, let her know! @NewHampJournal https://www.fox13memphis.com/news/trending-now/new-hampshire-school-cafeteria-worker-fired-for-giving-food-to-student-who-couldnt-pay/949708917 …
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New Hampshire school cafeteria worker fired for giving food to student who couldn’t pay
Former Cafe Services employee Bonnie Kimball, who worked in the Mascoma Valley Regional High School lunchroom, said she let the boy take $8 worth of food on March 28 as a district manager looked on.
The company who fired Kimball offered to rehire her. She said she had no intention of returning to her old job and accused the company of only offering to rehire her “so that it could keep its contract.” The Mascoma Regional School Board voted Tuesday to continue using the company for another year, despite the controversy involving Kimball.
The Valley News reported that the alleged firing has angered Kimball’s co-workers, some of whom quit in protest. Parents at the school also said they were upset by Kimball’s sudden departure and demanded she be rehired. Some even started a GoFundMe campaign for her that had raised more than $5,000 by Friday night. Kimball said she had also received an outpouring of support on her Facebook page, including from a U.S. Navy SEAL and a professional football player.
“When I walked out of the school the day that I got fired, all that was going through my head was that I wouldn’t be able to show my face again. People would think I was a thief,” she said, adding the support since then “makes me feel good.”