Houston school volunteer notices kids' meager lunches, pays $465 to cover delinquent accounts

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 3:55 PM

HOUSTON — A volunteer at a Houston-area elementary school who noticed some students were getting a smaller lunch of cold cheese sandwiches is digging into his own pocket to cover $465 in delinquent meal accounts so all the kids can get the same full lunch tray.

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davehougFeb. 6, 14 2:56 PM

In the best tradition of a Good Samaritan.

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JvonkorffFeb. 6, 14 2:58 PM

Although it has been a long time....(Bob Dylan was at the Scholar) I'm reasonably certain that I remember that an assistant principal at my Minneapolis high school maintained a slush fund of some kind to cover school lunches for kids who "forgot" their lunch money.

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stpaulisbestFeb. 6, 14 3:15 PM

The best of Texas amidst the worst of Texas.

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ak13741Feb. 6, 14 3:17 PM

How can we the readers find out about other schools experiencing these issues. No child should ever go hungry and I would be happy to support a school where there are kids going without an adequate meal.

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mrdurdenumdFeb. 6, 14 3:38 PM

What I'd like to know is how many of these parents aren't paying the whole TWO dollars/week to make sure their kid gets a good lunch, but they have money for cigs, booze, cable tv and other crap. While yes it's a great thing someone is doing something good, why the kids aren't being provided for is an issue that still needs addressing.

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scubadoo68Feb. 6, 14 4:03 PM

"What I'd like to know is how many of these parents aren't paying the whole TWO dollars/week to make sure their kid gets a good lunch, but they have money for cigs, booze, cable tv and other crap"...because I'm sure everyone struggling to get by falls into this category(note irony).

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shakoladyFeb. 6, 14 8:38 PM

Unfortunately, there probably are some parents who fall into that category of prioritizing their luxuries over childrens' needs, but that doesn't mean the children still don't need lunch and that kindness shouldn't prevail. Thank goodness for compassion without question!

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dutclinFeb. 7, 1412:52 PM

Yeah, it is pretty sad when I hear a story of a student who doesn't get their meds and then a teacher sees the whole family at the gym the following weekend. $2/week needs to be afforded or you shouldn't be having expenses outside your means. There may be extenuating circumstances but I don't believe in many cases this is true.

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