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What if…?

Spokane Public Schools nutrition services worker Julia Rowe places slices of pizza into the display area for Ferris High School students’ lunch Friday in Spokane. Made locally and delivered daily, pizza is the most popular among a variety of food choices. (Dan Pelle)
Spokane Public Schools nutrition services worker Julia Rowe places slices of pizza into the display area for Ferris High School students’ lunch Friday in Spokane. Made locally and delivered daily, pizza is the most popular among a variety of food choices. (Dan Pelle)

What if each of us went into our local school and paid for the lunch of just one child – for the whole year? What difference would that make?

One Texas man paid off the lunchroom debt of all 60 students who could not afford their lunch - many on the subsidized lunch program costing 40 cents per day. The gesture cost him $465 – and the reward? “The best money I ever spent,” says Kenny Thompson.  

A great investment. I know adults who remember their childhood of poverty and hunger; they recall the embarrassment suffered and their longing to have someone care. They remember the kindnesses shown, too.

One lunch, one child, one huge difference. 

(S-R archive photo: Spokane Public Schools nutrition services worker Julia Rowe places slices of pizza into the display area for Ferris High School students’ lunch)




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