New Mexico bans 'lunch shaming' students who don't have lunch money



New Mexico will become the first state in the union to ban the practice of shaming and or forcing labor out of kids for not having enough lunch money.

The law will apply to all schools -- public, private or religious -- that get federal money for their lunch programs. Across the country, students can get stamped, called out, or even forced to clean lunch tables as tactics to pay their lunch balances.

SEE ALSO: School accused of 'tattooing' students who have no lunch money

Governor Susana Martinez signed the new legislation after it was introduced by State Senator Michael Padilla.

Padilla was a foster child and says he was subject to this type of shaming. He told The New York Times "it was really noticeable" to other children that he was growing up in poverty.

The Department of Agriculture has published a list of ways to make this process less scarring for young children. One guideline includes speaking to kids before they get in the lunch line to let them know they will receive a cold meal, like a sandwich, as opposed to a hot meal.

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BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 03: A homeless couple rest at the Seashore Mission which offers services to the homeless and those in need on January 3, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. According to the US Census Bureau, Mississippi is the nation's poorest state with a median income of $39,680. The city of Biloxi has struggled to make progress after the devastating flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 03: Laz, who is homeless, takes his breakfast at the Seashore Mission which offers services to the homeless and those in need on January 3, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. According to the US Census Bureau, Mississippi is the nation's poorest state with a median income of $39,680. The city of Biloxi has struggled to make progress after the devastating flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 03: Dirt streets still make up parts of East Biloxi on January 3, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. According to the US Census Bureau, Mississippi is the nation's poorest state with a median income of $39,680. The city of Biloxi has struggled to make progress after the devastating flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 03: A housing complex offers low income apartments to area residents on January 3, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. According to the US Census Bureau, Mississippi is the nation's poorest state with a median income of $39,680. The city of Biloxi has struggled to make progress after the devastating flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 03: A homeless man prays at the Seashore Mission which offers services to the homeless and those in need on January 3, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. According to the US Census Bureau, Mississippi is the nation's poorest state with a median income of $39,680. The city of Biloxi has struggled to make progress after the devastating flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 02: A homeless man takes off his scarf at a restaurant on January 2, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. According to the US Census Bureau, Mississippi is the nation's poorest state with a median income of $39,680. The city of Biloxi has struggled to make progress after the devastating flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 03: A homeless man holds a cross before praying at the Seashore Mission which offers services to the homeless and those in need on January 3, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. According to the US Census Bureau, Mississippi is the nation's poorest state with a median income of $39,680. The city of Biloxi has struggled to make progress after the devastating flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 03: A family participates in a church service before a meal at the Seashore Mission which offers services to the homeless and those in need on January 3, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. According to the US Census Bureau, Mississippi is the nation's poorest state with a median income of $39,680. The city of Biloxi has struggled to make progress after the devastating flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 02: Used mattresses are for sale at a store selling pre-owned merchandise on January 2, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. According to the US Census Bureau, Mississippi is the nation's poorest state with a median income of $39,680. The city of Biloxi has struggled to make progress after the devastating flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 03: Boomtown Casino sits on the water on January 3, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. According to the US Census Bureau, Mississippi is the nation's poorest state with a median income of $39,680. The city of Biloxi has struggled to make progress after the devastating flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 03: People gamble at a casino on January 3, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. According to the US Census Bureau, Mississippi is the nation's poorest state with a median income of $39,680. The city of Biloxi has struggled to make progress after the devastating flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 03: Two young men pose before a wall in their hometown on January 3, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Both youths have had difficulty finding employment and opportunity in Biloxi. According to the US Census Bureau, Mississippi is the nation's poorest state with a median income of $39,680. The city of Biloxi has struggled to make progress after the devastating flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 03: A homeless man who spent his life in the seafood industry pauses at the Seashore Mission which offers services to the homeless and those in need on January 3, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. According to the US Census Bureau, Mississippi is the nation's poorest state with a median income of $39,680. The city of Biloxi has struggled to make progress after the devastating flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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