Bonnie Kimball was an employee of Cafe Services, the company which has the food services contract for Mascoma Valley Regional High School.
Kimball said she had been instructed by her direct manager to allow students to take food if they could not pay, and discreetly remind them to have their parents add money to their school lunch accounts.
But after consulting with the school district about the current policies for handling transactions with students, "we are going to offer to rehire our recently terminated employee and provide her back pay and we will work with the school district to revise policies and procedures regarding transactions", the company added.
Kimball said that she was following specific orders from her employer, Manchester, New Hampshire-based Cafe Services.
"Although we are not at liberty to discuss the confidential details regarding an employee's employment or termination from employment, we can share that the company has policies and procedures in place that are shared with and acknowledged by team members", Jaime Matheson, the director of human resources, said in a statement.
The Mascoma Regional School Board voted Tuesday to continue using the company for another year, despite the controversy involving Kimball. "I went and I took care of another family".
CANAAN, N.H. (AP) A company has offered to rehire a New Hampshire school cafeteria worker whom it fired for giving a student lunch for free, but she isn't interested.
Kimball does not have another job and she told Valley News that she is still "in mourning" for her lost job, where she says she felt like a member of the family.
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Reacting to the outrage her sack sparked, Fresh Picks Café, a division of Café Services, Inc., said they would never sack anyone over an $8 lunch debt.
Christina Moodie, whose son attends the high school, told the Valley News she thinks Kimball should get her job back. "We weren't supposed to pull trays", she said. She knew all the students in the small school and was familiar with their circumstances. Last month, federal lawmakers also introduced "anti-lunch shaming" legislation to protect students with unpaid lunch bills. Later that day, Kimball's managers fired her. Many of Kimball's supporters contacted her on Facebook and asked her to set up a GoFundMe page so that they could chip in and show their support for her, she says.
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Kimball did not immediately return PEOPLE's request for comment.
According to local reports, following Ms Kimball's dismissal, two other members of catering staff have quit in protest.
And, sure enough, the next day "he brought the money in at 7:30 in the morning. and paid his account in full", Kimball said.
"These guys really took care of our kids".