Pay Down Durham School Lunch Debt

Durham Public Schools currently has a negative balance of roughly $4,500 for their reduced lunch program, which is only a portion of the $103,000 total debt.

Food insecurity for children is a significant problem in Durham and in some cases a school lunch may be the only meal a student gets. Let's help pay down this debt before the holidays and ease the burden for children and families. 

When you donate, 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Durham Public Schools School Nutrition Services:

Because of the community's overwhelming support and generosity we were able to fulfill our initial goal in less than 12 hours and build towards our 2nd goal: pay off the $32,000 owed by all middle school student.

With this momentum, we may be able to even reach our 3rd goal: raise $103,000 to pay off ALL of the Durham Public School District lunch debt.

Raising enough money to pay off these debts is not the only goal of this campaign. The intention is to also increase awareness in the community, both about school lunch debt and school lunch shaming. The hope is to also form a coalition in 2018 to start a conversation about what it would mean to have free lunch for all students in the Durham Public School system.

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Thanks for your support!

Thanks to our generous business sponsors!

Brown Bag:
Artauro Productions Salerno
Atomic Empire Games, Comics & Hobbies
Bountiful Backyards
Bull City Burger and Brewery
Bull City Escape
Cocoa Cinnamon
Criminal Podcast
Culture Hair Studio
Detail & Design Studio
Embrace Therapeutic Ed. Program***
Five Horizons Construction
The House That Running Built
INDY  Week
A Jordan High School Teacher
L'amour Foto
Letters Bookshop
Little Elephant Photography 
Lisa Ellis Company
Lissa Gotwals Photography
Main Street Clinical Associates
Maverick’s Smokehouse & Taproom
Morgan Henderson Photography***
Pie Pushers
Pompieri Pizza
Purpose UX
Shelby Dillon Studio
Short Winter Soups
Urban Durham Realty


Salad Bar: 
FHI 360
Firsthand Foods
Ko Kyu
Leaf & Limb
Legal Direction
Three Oaks Engineering

Hot Lunch: 
Durham Co-op Market
Joe Van Gogh Coffee

Parker and Otis
Miel Design Studio
Sylvan Esso
Tutti Frutti of Durham

GoFundMe wants me to add info about myself + asked that I answer these questions: 

Who you are: a Durham mom who runs a small business that's commited to social justice. I have 5 yr old twins. 

Where you're from: I've lived in Durham for 17 years and am a proud Durhamite. 

Your relationship to the parties you're raising funds for: I'm raising money for families in my community. 

How the funds will be used (be specific as possible):
All of the money after fees will be sent directly to James Keaten, the Director of Nutrition at DPS and will be used to pay down school lunch debt. A portion of the fees (the percentage that GoFundMe takes out) will be covered by my business, Miel Design Studio (dba QuickBrownFox Design). 

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Organizer and beneficiary

Rebekah Miel 
Durham, NC
James Keaten 
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