More than 200 students will now have access to more substantial lunches in the Royse City Independent School District (ISD) in Texas, after the congregation of the Royse City First United Methodist Church (UMC) paid off thousands of dollars in lunch debt that had prevented them from getting access to hot meals. According to Everson, when a student in the district is $25 or more past due in lunch payments, that student no longer gets a hot meal from the school. They do receive a turkey or ham sandwich, a piece of fruit and milk. 40% of the district’s approximately 6,000 students receive free or reduced price lunches as part of the National School Lunch Program.
“It broke my heart to see students trying to learn, and trying to get through the day without a proper meal” Everson said. Recognizing the difficulties some families have in securing lunch for their children, Everson said he approached his church in 2018 and asked if they could help the entire school district and they agreed. The church raised more than $10,000 for the cause and gave the money to the school district at Christmas. The donation paid off debts for students who were $20 or more behind in payments that represented 226 families totalling around $6,000. The remainder of the donation will go toward assisting other students in the future.
Source: The Christian Post