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Texas man pays $465 for kids with delinquent lunch accounts

Published: Friday, Feb. 7 2014 11:20 a.m. MST

Motivated by reports of Salt Lake City’s Uintah Elementary School tossing out kids’ lunch because of delinquencies on their account, a Houston man wanted to make sure nothing like that would happen in his neck of the woods. (Shutterstock) Motivated by reports of Salt Lake City’s Uintah Elementary School tossing out kids’ lunch because of delinquencies on their account, a Houston man wanted to make sure nothing like that would happen in his neck of the woods. (Shutterstock)

HOUSTON — Motivated by reports of Salt Lake City’s Uintah Elementary School tossing out students’ lunches because of delinquencies on their account, a Houston man wanted to make sure nothing like that would happen in his neck of the woods.

Kenny Thompson, a mentor and volunteer at Valley Oaks Elementary School, discovered about 60 children at that school had delinquent accounts and received cold cheese sandwiches instead of a full tray of food for lunch. So, he pulled $465 out of his pocket to change that.

“I thought that it would be better just to come in and zero out the balances, start from a clean slate, and no one would have to worry about any account balances," he said. "The kids would eat every day, and that’s what I did."

He had heard of the incident at the Salt Lake school where adults threw out the lunches of kids who had delinquent accounts. He said just because the parents are late doesn’t mean the children shouldn't eat.

“The one meal we can control in school is lunch,” he said. “These are elementary school kids. They don’t need to be worried about finances. They need to be worried about what grade they got in spelling.”

Thompson called it the best money he ever spent.

— Peter Samore

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