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School district accepts $22,000 lunch donation

by Hannah Harris
Posted 7/25/19, 03:20 pm

Last week a Pennsylvania school district, Wyoming Valley West, sent a letter to parents saying their children could end up in foster care if they didn’t pay school lunch debts, which total $22,000. Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe Coffee, a Philadelphia company 115 miles southeast of the school district, offered to donate money for the lunches. The school district initially rejected the offer but then said yes.

Did the school district really threaten the parents? Here’s what the letter said: “You can be sent to dependency court for neglecting your child’s right to food. The result may be your child being taken from your home and placed in foster care.” The school board now says it “sincerely apologizes for the tone” of that letter. Carmichael made his offer because he received free meals as a child growing up near Spokane, Wash.: “I know what it means to feel shame for not being able to afford food.”


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Hannah Harris

Hannah is a graduate of World Journalism Institute and a WORLD intern.

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Comments

  • JimVC
    Posted: Sat, 07/27/2019 09:42 am

    Philadelphia is south-southeast of the Wyoming Valley, not northwest.

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Sat, 07/27/2019 12:49 pm

    Thank you for pointing out the error. We have corrected it.

  • news2me
    Posted: Sat, 07/27/2019 03:33 pm

    I thought the gov't was paying for free lunches. That is so sad.

    If their principals or whoever cared at all, they could find benefactor businesses and such to donate money. 

    A principal at the school where I volunteered here in AZ went out and spoke to businesses and groups to donate. She cared.

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Sat, 07/27/2019 10:49 pm

    You have made a very good point, news2me.  I am sure that many businesses and private donors would be willing to help out!

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