After reading a story about school kids who don't have enough money to pay for lunch, a dad in Seattle started a crowdfunding campaign aimed at erasing lunch debt – and ended up raising more than $40,000.
After doing some research, Jeffrey Lew, who attended Seattle Public Schools when he was younger, learned that 76% of school districts in America have outstanding student lunch debt and his district had a total lunch debt of $20,000.
It took just five days to wipe out the entire amount – and then a few more days to raise enough money to help out a neighboring district. Among notable donors to the campaign were the Safeway Foundation and singer-songwriter John Legend, who donated $5,000.
Jeffrey has vowed to continue to raise money in order to help pay future school lunch debt and hopes the effort gets the whole state of Washington paid off.