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.
My pleasure! We should have free lunch for all of our public students!— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 29, 2017