Recent national news reports have detailed Utah schoolchildren’s lunches being tossed because they were behind on their payment accounts. Minnesota has, it turns out, also had some schools throwing out food instead of giving it to kids whose families are behind on the tab.
Hunger has a well-documented impact on a child’s ability to learn, and for some children, school is the only place to get a good, nutritious hot meal.
Now back to those trashed lunches. The Utah incident served as an inspiration for Lunch Angels Kyle Newman of Craige Motor Co. and Erik Neill of Neill’s Taekwondo & Fitness. The two Grit Award winners are paying off the balances on school lunches for children in Durham and Chapel Hill. First stop earlier this week was Pearsontown Elementary, where the duo put down $830 to wipe out any owed balances.
“We hope that some larger companies see what we’re doing and decide to help,” Newman told The Herald-Sun’s Jamica Ashley. Amen to that.