automatic News for 07-01-2021

Hampton changes school lunch debt policy

School turns students’ lunch debt over to collection agency

CRANSTON, RI Rhode Island’s Cranston School District hired a collection agency to recover unpaid student lunch balances. In a letter to parents, Raymond Votto Jr., chief operating officer of Cranston Public Schools, said the district has previously tried to collect outstanding lunch bills “Without much success.” “In an effort to reduce our unpaid balance, the District has retained the services of a collection agency. The company is Transworld Systems and they will begin their collection efforts effective January 2, 2019,” the letter said. Votto said between September 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018, the school district wrote off $95,508. He said the unpaid balance for the current academic year is $45,859. “The District lunch program cannot continue to lose revenue,” Votto said. Lunch at a public elementary school in Cranston costs $2.50 per day. For middle school and high school students, it’s $3.25 a day. Votto said parents who owe $20 or more and who haven’t paid off the balance within 60 days will receive a letter from the collection agency starting next year.

Keywords: [“School”, “District”, “balance”]
Source: https://www.nbc4i.com/news/u-s-world/school-turns-students-lunch-debt-over-to-collection-agency/

Applebee’s Takes a Bite out of School Lunch Debt with Upcoming Fundraiser

One in five children in Michigan struggle with hunger, and many families fall just above the threshold to qualify for free and reduced lunches, ultimately still struggling to cover costs for student lunches. When accounts fall into debt, kids can be denied a proper lunch, not only leaving them hungry but also easily identifiable by their peers by a substitute lunch they are provided. This can lead to embarrassment and emotional stress, as well as leaving these students open to bullying by peers. This weekend is National “Make a Difference Day”, and in the same spirit Applebee’s is hosting a fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 2-8 p.m. during which time 20% of food sales will be donated to help decrease student lunch debt and support local schools and families. Each of our participating restaurants is working directly with a local school or charity partner, and we want to encourage our neighbors to help make a difference in their communities by supporting this locally-focused fundraiser.

Keywords: [“lunch”, “student”, “school”]
Source: http://teamschostak.com/applebees-take-bite-school-lunch-debt-upcoming-fundraiser/

Florida man pays off school lunch debt for 400 kids

When a Florida real estate agent learned that over 400 kids in his community couldn’t get a full meal in their school cafeterias, he took action. Rew Levy picked up the $944.34 lunch debt tab in nine Jupiter-area schools. He said it’s a small price to pay to make a big difference in a life of a child. “I went in there and I said, ‘I want to pay off the lunch debt,'” Levy said. “These children that were in debt were going to either not eat or they would get just cheese sandwiches and I thought,”that’s crazy. Levy had no agenda, no children in the district, and no personal connection to the school, but he knew he could make a difference, so he just made it happen. “Food is something that you shouldn’t have to think about. After he paid the bills and brought the families back to zero, Levy posted about it on Facebook, and soon, hundreds of people commented asking if they could contribute next time. Before he knew it, Levy’s act of kindness started a chain reaction across Palm Beach County.

Keywords: [“Levy”, “debt”, “school”]
Source: https://www.wfla.com/news/florida-man-pays-off-school-lunch-debt-for-400-kids/

Las Vegas Raiders pay $500K toward school lunch debt in Nevada

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Raiders pledged to give $500,000 toward paying off school meal debt across the state of Nevada. The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs are federally-assisted meal programs in public and nonprofit charter schools, according to a media release sent Wednesday. When families can’t afford school meals and do not quality for reduced prices or free lunch, debt is accrued to the school. The donation fills the gap between schools and families who can not afford to pay their debts. “We commend Mark Davis for actively seeking opportunities like this that make a real difference for Nevada students and residents,” said Gian Brosco, President & CEO, Nevada Community Foundation, in a prepared statement. The donation comes hours after the Las Vegas Raiders were officially renamed.

Keywords: [“school”, “Nevada”, “debt”]
Source: https://www.fox5vegas.com/sports/las-vegas-raiders-pay-500k-toward-school-lunch-debt-in-nevada/article_b7ef087a-3d75-11ea-82a0-a34a544c80b5.html

Las Vegas Raiders pay $500K toward school lunch debt in Nevada

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Raiders pledged to give $500,000 toward paying off school meal debt across the state of Nevada. The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs are federally-assisted meal programs in public and nonprofit charter schools, according to a media release sent Wednesday. When families can’t afford school meals and do not quality for reduced prices or free lunch, debt is accrued to the school. The donation fills the gap between schools and families who can not afford to pay their debts. “We commend Mark Davis for actively seeking opportunities like this that make a real difference for Nevada students and residents,” said Gian Brosco, President & CEO, Nevada Community Foundation, in a prepared statement. The donation comes hours after the Las Vegas Raiders were officially renamed.

Keywords: [“school”, “Nevada”, “debt”]
Source: https://www.fox5vegas.com/sports/las-vegas-raiders-pay-500k-toward-school-lunch-debt-in-nevada/article_b7ef087a-3d75-11ea-82a0-a34a544c80b5.html

Tacoma schools start the year with high lunch debt

For the second year Washington state has outlawed lunch shaming. Now schools are seeing the unintended consequences from that with even more student lunch debt. A lingering issue is carrying on into the new school year for Tacoma Public Schools. For the second year in a row, Washington state has outlawed lunch shaming. Now, schools are seeing the unintended consequences from that with even more student lunch debt. Tacoma Public Schools has about $130,000 in lunch debt. Tacoma Public Schools staff are urging parents to help with this problem. A spokesperson for the school district said parents who qualify should be signing up for free or reduced lunch. To qualify, a family of four will need to make $47,638 or less a year and a family of eight would need to make $80,346 or less a year.

Keywords: [“school”, “lunch”, “year”]
Source: https://www.king5.com/mobile/article/news/local/tacoma-schools-start-year-with-high-lunch-debt/281-4a7c6502-10dd-402a-8344-c40b58ee2098
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