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Houston-area mentor pays delinquent lunch accounts for more than 60 kids

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HOUSTON -
In his 10 years as a mentor and tutor, a local man has always done his best to meet the needs of the students in his life.

That's exactly what Kenny Thompson did Monday when he learned that some children at Houston's Valley Oaks Elementary School who had negative balances on their lunch accounts were receiving different lunches than the other kids: cold cheese sandwiches instead of a full tray of food.

He was spurred to take action after hearing last week that dozens of Utah students, whose accounts were delinquent, had their lunches taken and thrown away.

"I'm like, 'Wow. I know that's probably a situation at my school, and the school my son goes to, and the other schools I mentor at.' So I came in and inquired about it," Thompson said.

He not only inquired about it, Thompson learned that many of the kids were already on reduced lunch. Children whose parents couldn't afford the meals that cost just 40 cents a day. He took $465 of his own money and zeroed out the delinquent accounts of more than 60 kids.

"These are elementary school kids. They don't need to be worried about finances," said Thompson. "They need to be worried about what grade they got in spelling."

Thompson says many kids he knows with negative accounts forgo the lunch line altogether to avoid embarrassment. But that's bad for education as physicians have linked classroom performance with proper nutrition.

Thompson believes he made a difference when he made the decision to help those students.

"When I left the building knowing that they were getting fed, they didn't have that stress," said Thompson. "The best money I ever spent."


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by on Feb. 5, 2014 at 7:40 PM
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copasetic1
by Bronze Member on Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:29 PM

 

Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting copasetic1:

Anyone who hates children enough to take their food away from them and throw it away shouldn't be allowed around kids. That might be the only meal the kid has that day.


By and large, school lunches are not made of fresh, nutritious foods. Examples I have seen: large piece of..pizza? gummy crust, smear of something reddish, bits of cheese and meat-like toppings, along with two huge, gummy, kind of greasy breadsticks, a small salad already turning brown. That was a good meal. It filled their bellies. And the nutritionist, with a degree in nutrition, said it was a well balanced meal.


Parents need to start a movement: start a fund at the school. Donate what you can each month to make sure kids can still eat when parents can't - or don't - pay.


Those of you who have enough money, but no human feelings for these kids, and would never, ever donate - don't. Take the money to your graves.


Those of us who have money pay taxes. Where do you think the money for free and reduced lunches comes from a magical welfare fairy?
I'm perfectly happy having some of my tax dollars go to help the poor.
But people have to remember where that money really comes from. The government gets its money to help from taxpayers.

 

Mrs.Kubalabuku
by Ruby Member on Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:32 PM

I am so lucky that my schools have a lunch website!  I simply log on and check off what he's allowed to have.  I can check off if he is allowed to purchase extras, even specify certain days.  (Like if he only likes the brownies, I only check Friday when brownies are served.)  Or certain ones each week.

It makes managing things so much easier!

DS brings cold lunch, but he eats breakfast at school.  This nifty website set up by the district helps me know he's eating real hot breakfasts and not just cereal and donuts every day!

Quoting Outspoken.Mime:

Nice of him.  But I think he should have asked the parents.

When my son was younger I gave him enough money for the main lunch entree and a snack every day.  He would overspend on crap, and I wouldn't give him anymore money.  Having those cheese sandwiches 3 days a week because he was irresponsible taught him a valuable lesson.

I wouldn't have wanted someone bailing him out.


Outspoken.Mime
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Yeah we had that in grammar school when I expected him to have less self control.

In middle school though, he needed to learn to make better decisions.

Quoting Mrs.Kubalabuku:

I am so lucky that my schools have a lunch website!  I simply log on and check off what he's allowed to have.  I can check off if he is allowed to purchase extras, even specify certain days.  (Like if he only likes the brownies, I only check Friday when brownies are served.)  Or certain ones each week.

It makes managing things so much easier!

DS brings cold lunch, but he eats breakfast at school.  This nifty website set up by the district helps me know he's eating real hot breakfasts and not just cereal and donuts every day!

Quoting Outspoken.Mime:

Nice of him.  But I think he should have asked the parents.

When my son was younger I gave him enough money for the main lunch entree and a snack every day.  He would overspend on crap, and I wouldn't give him anymore money.  Having those cheese sandwiches 3 days a week because he was irresponsible taught him a valuable lesson.

I wouldn't have wanted someone bailing him out.



mom2many747
by Momma Duck on Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:36 PM
That's awesome!
JustCJ
by ~yeerp~ on Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:39 PM

God bless his heart. People like him restore my faith in humanity.

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:39 PM

He is a kind man.  I find it sad he cares more about those kids than their parents do.

OneToughMami
by Ruby Member on Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Love it! Now they can eat!

OneToughMami
by Ruby Member on Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:41 PM

I am still not 100% convinced middle school age children understand money management. I worked in a middle school. I mean hell, I am not 100% on high schoolers understanding money management either. 

Quoting Outspoken.Mime:

Yeah we had that in grammar school when I expected him to have less self control.

In middle school though, he needed to learn to make better decisions.

Quoting Mrs.Kubalabuku:

I am so lucky that my schools have a lunch website!  I simply log on and check off what he's allowed to have.  I can check off if he is allowed to purchase extras, even specify certain days.  (Like if he only likes the brownies, I only check Friday when brownies are served.)  Or certain ones each week.

It makes managing things so much easier!

DS brings cold lunch, but he eats breakfast at school.  This nifty website set up by the district helps me know he's eating real hot breakfasts and not just cereal and donuts every day!

Quoting Outspoken.Mime:

Nice of him.  But I think he should have asked the parents.

When my son was younger I gave him enough money for the main lunch entree and a snack every day.  He would overspend on crap, and I wouldn't give him anymore money.  Having those cheese sandwiches 3 days a week because he was irresponsible taught him a valuable lesson.

I wouldn't have wanted someone bailing him out.




This is me driving my fucking car in this city…everyday…hair in my eyes and all…I’m just well cuter you saw

copasetic1
by Bronze Member on Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:41 PM

 

Quoting copasetic1:

 

Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting copasetic1:

Anyone who hates children enough to take their food away from them and throw it away shouldn't be allowed around kids. That might be the only meal the kid has that day.


By and large, school lunches are not made of fresh, nutritious foods. Examples I have seen: large piece of..pizza? gummy crust, smear of something reddish, bits of cheese and meat-like toppings, along with two huge, gummy, kind of greasy breadsticks, a small salad already turning brown. That was a good meal. It filled their bellies. And the nutritionist, with a degree in nutrition, said it was a well balanced meal.


Parents need to start a movement: start a fund at the school. Donate what you can each month to make sure kids can still eat when parents can't - or don't - pay.


Those of you who have enough money, but no human feelings for these kids, and would never, ever donate - don't. Take the money to your graves.


Those of us who have money pay taxes. Where do you think the money for free and reduced lunches comes from a magical welfare fairy?
I'm perfectly happy having some of my tax dollars go to help the poor.
But people have to remember where that money really comes from. The government gets its money to help from taxpayers.

 

REALLY! Are you saying there is no welfare fairy? OMG! Next thing you know, you'll be telling me that the food is grown in the ground!

 

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:45 PM
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My sister is very low income and her kids get reduced lunch.  They are never negative with their lunch account because she prioritizes that.  She doesn't have a smartphone just a basic cellphone and no landline. She doesn't have cable, internet or luxuries of any kind.  Her kids do without many of the things so many kids do have but they have everything they need and are well loved. In a year it will be different my sister will be an RN and making a lot more money but for now she sacrifices so her kids are well fed.

Some choose cigarettes, alcohol, internet, cable and other shit over feeding their children and that is just unacceptable.  I am glad this man did this but those kids accounts will be negative again and the kids will be eating cold sandwiches but mom will have her nails done and her hair will look amazing.  Some people suck.

Quoting cjsmom1:

You're right! I don't understand how a parent doesn't make it a priority to make sure their child has lunch money

Quoting happy-go-lucky: That was really cool of him, but doesn't really solve the problem. If the kids parents could not or would not pay for lunches before they are not likely to start paying now and in a few days the accounts are going to be negative again.

 

 

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