December 24, 2015 8:18 AM EST

A school cafeteria worker allegedly fired after she gave a hungry student a free lunch has been offered her job back, the Idaho school district involved said.

Dalene Bowden, a server at Irving Middle School in Pocatello, told NBC affiliate KPVI in Idaho that she gave a hot meal to a 12-year-old girl with no lunch money who said she was hungry on Dec. 15.

“I handed her the food and said, ‘Here, we’ll take care of it in a minute,”‘ Bowden told the station. She said she then offered to pay the $1.70 cost of the lunch.

“I handed her the…

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