Erase Seattle School Lunch Debt!

THE STORY:
Many children depend on a nutritious lunch to help them through their school day. Per the 2015-16 report by Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington State, 36% of Seattle Public School District students are on free or reduced-price meals (Report). This is based on parents filling out meal applications. If a child is unable to pay for their meal, a debt has started. Families will receive an invoice from the school district to pay the debt. 

RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE:
Lately you may have read in the media about "lunch shaming."

CNNhttp://money.cnn.com/2017/05/09/news/economy/school-lunch-shaming-debt-crisis/

Seattle Timeshttp://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/children-shamed-so-parents-will-pay-the-school-lunch-bill/

It is an awful thing and it should not be happening. Children need to eat regardless if they have money or not.

MORE INFO:
As of May 9, 2017, the total school lunch debt at my child's school is $97.10. My first goal is to have that paid off. The second goal is to help pay off the school lunch debt for the entire Seattle Public Schools district.

I am waiting to hear back from a Seattle Public Schools official with the total school lunch debt for the school district. I will update this page once I hear back from them. In the meantime, I am getting this started so we can help the children get the nutritious
meals that they need the most!

***Update (5/9/17 1:45pm)*** Seattle Public Schools total lunch debt is $20,531.79.

WHY THIS CAMPAIGN IS PERSONAL:
As a parent and graduate of the Seattle Public Schools, I am trying to help ease the burden of these families and make sure these children get to eat a nutritious meal each day at school.  I used to look forward to school lunches each day. I am sure these children feel the same!

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Please donate if you can. If you are unable to donate, please help share this great campaign! Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

Donations

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  • Jenn C 
    • $20 
    • 41 mos
  • Galynn Zitnik 
    • $27 
    • 41 mos
  • Alison Omon 
    • $5 
    • 41 mos
  • Rachel Petroski 
    • $50 
    • 42 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 42 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Jeff Lew 
Organizer
Seattle, WA
Seattle School District 
Beneficiary
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