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."
Seattle Times: http://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.
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!
- Jenn C
- Galynn Zitnik
- Alison Omon
- Rachel Petroski
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