Help PWC Kids Pay for Lunch
$22,936 of $22,000 goal
We decided that something should be done, even if it was a small gesture, to help students cover the cost of their lunches. In May, my friends and I raised nearly $2,000 in 48 hours to pay off the lunch balances at three Prince William County elementary schools. It felt good to make a difference, but my friends were motivated to do more.
I have spoken with the Prince William County food service coordinators for the entire county-wide school system and learned that if a child's lunch balance exceeds $50 and isn't paid, they will be sent to collections. In Prince William County, presently there is a negative balance of $160,000 in accounts headed to collections this summer, with over $300,000 in total outstanding lunch accounts.
If the bills aren't paid in collections, the amount owed to food services for the unpaid lunches comes out of each individual school's general budget. This impacts the opportunities of all children attending each school.
My goal is to alleviate the pressure of being sent to collections for all families in Prince William County schools. If we are able to reach this amount, we will move forward to pay off all lunch acounts in the county.
Thank you for your generous support! I know this is a huge amount, but every
dollar will bring us closer to reducing the stigma and financial burden of a family struggling to provide for their child.
All donations are tax deductible through the Prince William Educational Foundation/Spark.
Thank you for your generous past support! I look forward to seeing your names on the new campaign as we work to feed the kids of PWCS!
Settle the Debt
You can give here: https://www.gofundme.com/HelpPWCkidspayforlunch.
Please help us this #GivingTuesday and help provide lunch to school kids in need. ❤️ Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Christopher, no child is denied a meal in PWCS. That's a wonderful thing and I commend PWCS for making that possible. But often, families aren't low income enough to qualify for free/reduced, so they have to pay for lunch. This campaign is to make it easier for those families still struggling - the working poor. Thanks for your concern!
The Booby Bones show on the Washington DC country station ( action album radio show) was talking about imilar efforts last Friday. They said they wished that school districts would publish how much school lunch debt they had so people could help them out. You might could contact them and see if they will share your story. They do a segment "tell me something good". Bobby Bones' social media name is mrbobbybones if you want to tag him on Twitter or Facebook or something.
This is awesome! Is there any way to help students in the Manassas Park district?
Hi, can you please give me the name of a person to talk to at any of the Dale City schools. Thanks
May I please get the Spark thank you letter too? TIA!
I don't understand how any child can be denied a basic meal at any federal/state funded school. In some cases that may be the only nutritious meal the child receives. Between local taxes, free/reduced prices and "Lottery" proceeds, a healthy lunch for every student should be included as the Public School system... just like busses, extracurricular activites and facilities. If any jurisdiction can build 15 million dollar schools and pay certain administrators hundreds of thousands in salaries, they could easily pick up the tab to feed the children they claim to want to help and educate. A nutritional (common sense) meal is an easy provision and should be a mandatory one. Shame on you PWC.
Jenny, it's my pleasure. Thank you for contributing. I appreciate it so much!