This happened last year.
At the end of the school year several events and picnics are planned. Notices and letters are sent home for signatures, along with agendas for each event. There are 2 activities that require a sack lunch. The teachers send home a permission slip for the kids to walk to a local park, or rec center and ask if the child will be bringing a sack lunch or request that the cafeteria provide one for the cost of lunch. Students who receive free or reduced lunch get the lunch as well, the parents just have to sign and send the form to school.
There were several kids who didn't return their slips, calls were made and promises from the parents were made stating a parent would sign a form and make sure it got there in time. Nope.
One teacher went to the office secretary and put in lunch orders for the kids she knew received free lunch. The secretary told her she couldn't without the signed permission slip that also had lunch request info on it. So she went to the principal and he said that same thing.
So the picnic day had arrived. At least 12 kids didn't have a lunch. There was a mass panic amongst the teachers. Kids complained, some other kids shared their lunch with a friend and a few kids didn't eat.
One of our paras was furious that the teachers who knew there would be no lunch for these kids didn't "plan" effectively and make those kids something or bring extra lunch items ( just in case ).
Some of the parents whose kids didn't have a lunch were angry and complained loudly.
I should also mention that in our district there is a policy about food and what staff can and cannot give to their students.
In your opinion, who's responsible to feed the children of neglectful parents?
Who dropped the ball?
Is it that big of a deal?