EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — Some parents are criticizing a new policy at a Rhode Island school that gives cold cheese sandwiches to students who fall behind on lunch payments.

The program allows a child to receive three unpaid lunches, but they get the cheese sandwich on the fourth.

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The sandwich comes with milk and an apple, and the school committee says it meets federal nutritional guidelines.

But some parents say it will also come with a social stigma.

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Parent Lori Sullivan says serving a cheese sandwich is humiliating and unfair, and could be the result of something as innocent as a child forgetting to pass in money.

East Greenwich isn’t the only school with this type of program. In Warwick, students who don’t have lunch money get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

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