Idaho cafeteria worker who was fired for giving free lunch is offered her job back

The cafeteria worker who said she was fired from an Idaho middle school for giving a hungry student a free lunch was offered her job back on Christmas Eve.

The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District released a 615-word statement detailing its role in the community and the importance of nutrition before revealing at the end that Dalene Bowden could return to work.

Bowden said a 12-year-old Irving Middle School student didn't have any money to pay for the hot lunch. The cost: $1.70.

The district had placed Bowden on leave Dec. 15 before deciding to fire her earlier this week, she said.

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