Last week, news broke of a dozen Utah students were denied their lunch because they had outstanding balances on their accounts. One gracious Texas man decided he would take action to prevent this from happening to students in his area.
The man is 52-year-old Kenny Thompson who works at Valley Oaks Elementary School in Houston. According to USA Today, Thompson “did some research and learned that children at the school where he works were receiving cold cheese sandwiches or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches instead of full trays of food because they had negative balances on their lunch accounts.”
What did he do?
Thompson paid the delinquent accounts for these students. $465 covered the debt for 60 students whose families were unable to pay the 40 cents to get school lunch.
“It was the best money I ever spent,” Thompson told TODAY.com. “It was the best gift I ever gave myself. I went into my car and screamed.”
“Some children were avoiding the lunch line because they were embarrassed to be seen in front of their school mates receiving the more inferior lunch,” he told TODAY.com
“These are elementary school kids – they don’t need to be worried about finances,” Thompson told KPRC. “They need to be worried about what grade they got in spelling.”
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How awful, this man was forced to donate....oh wait, Generous Texas man comes to the rescue of students denied lunch rare.us/story/generous…Conor Murphy @cbmurphJack Hunter @jackhunter74Texas @texasourtexas