Whitsons fires employees who denied students lunch

Company denied to mane number of employees who lost their jobs.

April 8—New York-based Whitsons Culinary Group has fired several employees who refused to provide lunch for about 25 Coelho Middle School students this week because their prepaid accounts were too low in funds, creating a national stir, a company official said Friday.

Whitsons School Nutrition said it investigated and found that four workers had violated the school district’s policies by not feeding the students. All of those employees were disciplined and some were fired, an official said.

Holly Von Seggern, vice president for marketing for Whitsons, declined to say how many people lost their jobs or if those people were management employees or cafeteria workers.