HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) – After a school district in Utah received national attention for their actions toward students who couldn’t pay for their lunches, another man is making news for his good deed that made sure every student could eat a meal.
Kenny Thompson said, “The one meal we can control in the school is lunch.”
In his 10 years as a mentor and tutor, Thompson has always done his best to meet the needs of the students in his life.
On Monday, he learned that some children at Valley Oaks Elementary School had negative balances on their lunch accounts and were receiving cold cheese sandwiches, instead of a full tray of food like the other kids.
He decided to do something after learning about dozens of Utah students who had their lunches taken away and thrown out because of their delinquent balances.
He said, “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 learned many of the students were already on reduced lunches because their parents couldn’t afford the meals.
According to KPRC, he took $465 of his own money and paid off the delinquent accounts of more than 60 children.
Thompson said, “These are elementary school kids. They don’t need to be worried about finances. They need to be worried about what grade they got in spelling.”
He says many kids with negative accounts skip lunch to avoid embarrassment.
He said, “When I left the building knowing that they were getting fed, they didn’t have that stress. The best money I ever spent.”