Man pays off students’ negative lunch account balances

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man2A man, upset after hearing about a Utah school that trashed lunches for students with delinquent lunch account balances, paid off 60 negative lunch account balances at a Houston elementary school this week.

Kenny Thompson, a longtime school tutor, said he felt the need to act after hearing about the incident in Utah, he told KPRC.

“I’m like, ‘Wow. 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,” Thompson said.

Thompson learned that many kids at Houston’s Valley Oaks Elementary School were already on a reduced lunch. Many have parents that can’t afford daily meals that cost 40 cents. That’s when Thompson took $465 of his own money and paid off the lunch accounts for 60 children.

“These are elementary school kids,” he said. “They don’t need to be worried about finances. They need to be worried about what grade they got in spelling.”

Thompson said many students that have negative balances will skip the lunch line to avoid the embarrassment. He hopes this will give them the confidence they deserve and the nutrition they need.

“When I left the building knowing that they were getting fed, they didn’t have that stress.  The best money I ever spent,” he said.

Source: KPRC


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  • Ismael

    There are still some good people left in this world. I donate money and clothing to charities out of the kindness of my heart. I do not ask who benefits from that money or clothing. I do not itemize my taxes either. The Lord said if You are doing well then share with others less fortunate. God bless this man for his generous act and may God bless You, Danny.

  • Heather

    Not being able to afford 40 cent lunches doesn’t necessarily give you the right to tell somebody whether or not to have children. Sometimes people go through different things, it’s not your place to judge…someday you might need somebody’s help so you should eat your words

    • YourkiddingIhope

      It isn't judging. There are millions of children that have been born into poverty. Completely unfair to the children. Completely unfair to others these people lean on for support of themselves and their children.