Local Radio Station Helps Pay Robbinsdale School Lunch Debt
One tray at a time, a Seattle dad helps erase school lunch debt around the state
Six-year-old Amiah Van Hill first heard about Lew in May. That’s when her mother, Rachel, read her a news story about Lew’s GoFundMe campaign. Amiah wanted to help, so she called her school in Hayden, Idaho, and asked what its lunch debt was. The answer: $40. Over the summer, Amiah started a lemonade stand near her home.
Within an hour, she’d raised more than $40. From there, her homegrown effort took off. After pulling in more than $300 selling lemonade, she opened her own GoFundMe campaign to pay off the lunch debt of every school in nearby Coeur d’Alene. As of early October, that campaign had raised more than $13,000. Although Lew and Amiah have never met, Rachel Van Hill says Lew inspired Amiah’s every move.
Another person Lew inspired is Erik Anderson, founder and CEO of WestRiver Group, an investment firm in Kirkland, and executive chairman of Topgolf, an international sports entertainment company. He wants to raise money to pay off the lunch debt for every school district in the state-more than 315 in all. Who spends several hours every night fundraising, knows full well that the money won’t address the underlying causes. To address the idea of finding a structural solution, Lew has brought another Foster School alum, Stephen Medawar, ’06, on board to organize and direct the larger effort. At the end of the day, Lew remains focused on inspiring his own children and continuing the legacy of his parents.
Chobani Donates $85,000 to Pay Off Student Lunch Debt of Yet Another Thankful School District
Chobani has just announced that they are donating $85,000 to the Twin Falls School District in Idaho as a means of paying off its outstanding cafeteria debts. The donation will help to wipe out the debts of 900 students with unpaid cafeteria account balances over the course of the last year. The company says that they were inspired to pay off the district’s lunch debt since Idaho also happens to be the home of Chobani’s massive yogurt facility – which is reportedly the largest yogurt factory in the world. Twin Falls School District spokeswoman Eva Craner says that the district has racked up so much debt over the years because their schools will always give away free, healthy meals to their students regardless of their account balance. Together, we have the ability to see that no child in America goes hungry or is shamed if they can’t afford a school lunch.
We’re stepping up, starting with the schools in Warwick, Rhode Island, to clear the slate on unpaid debt from low-income students who rely on lunch assistance programs. If you’re a business owner or leader, step up today and help tackle food insecurity across the U.S. A post shared by Chobani on May 10, 2019 at 8:23am PDT. Be Sure And Pass On The Positive Story To Your Friends On Social Media – File photo by USDA, CC..
Boy, 9, pays off entire class lunch debt with allowance
A 9-year-old boy used his allowance money to pay off the lunch debts of his entire class. Ryan, a student at West Park Elementary School, told his mother Kylie Kirkpatrick that he wanted to make a difference. The price of a lunch at the school in California ranges from 30 cents to $3.25. His mum told local news station KABC they talked about lunch debt. Ryan’s story went viral across the US and was even retweeted by Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.
When we are in the White House, we are going to provide year-round, free universal school meals. The politician said: ‘School lunch debt should not exist in the wealthiest country in the history of the world. ‘When we are in the White House, we are going to provide year-round, free universal school meals. She wrote on Facebook: ‘We are hoping the culinary powers in our area will join our fight to have all school meals be free of charge to all students. ‘Children should not come to school worrying about whether they have the means to pay for food or not. ‘Public school should provide free lunch to all students, all the time. The local authority said children with school debt still received hot meals.
Why Is a 9-Year-Old Paying Off His Classmates’ School Lunch Debt?
America-land of college, medical, and subprime car-loan debt-even has a type of debt for the living necessities of elementary students: school lunch debt. Asked his mom to find out how much fellow third-graders at West Park Elementary School owed. According to CNN, 75 percent of school districts in the country have student lunch debt, and more than 40 percent of those districts report that the debt is larger this year than last. The average debt per district has risen 25 percent, from $2,000 to $2,500, in just two years, according to a School Nutrition Association survey. In the Washington, D.C.-area, the cumulative student lunch debt hit $500,000 last December.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides $22 billion for child nutrition programs, and roughly $13 billion of that goes toward paying for free and reduced cost school lunches for children living below or near the poverty line. The USDA prohibits schools from using federal funds specifically to pay for meal debt-those federal funds are used to contract for-profit collection agencies to recuperate that debt from parents.