Man Funds School Lunches for 60 Children

Last week, dozens of children at a Utah elementary school had their lunch trays snatched away from them before they could take a bite. Workers at Uintah Elementary School removed the already-served food because some students had negative balances in the accounts used to pay for lunches.

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Cafeteria cashier Cathy Kelly helps 1st-grader Joel Ritchey use the fingerprint scanner to pay for lunch. (Credit: Getty Images)

Kenny Thompson didn’t want to see that repeated at Houston’s Valley Oaks Elementary School. KPRC reports that on Monday, the longtime mentor and tutor paid off the negative lunch account balances of more than 60 students.

Thompson told KPRC, “I know that’s probably a situation at my school, and the school my son goes to, and the other schools I mentor at. So I came in and inquired about it.”

He didn’t just inquire. He handed over $465 of his own money to zero out the accounts of the children who were potentially affected – many of whom were already on reduced lunch that cost just 40 cents a day.


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