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401770 02: First-grader Brendan Eckenrode uses the fingerprint scanner to pay for lunch at Penn Cambria Pre-Primary School March 1, 2002 in Cresson, Pa. Penn Cambria is one of three school districts utilizing a biometric program from Food Service Solutions, in Altoona, PA that enables students to buy their lunch with their scanned fingerprints. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

I love this story! Not only because it’s local, but because this is an issue I don’t think many folks think of.

This story has now made national news, which is awesome. It brings attention to something many don’t think about.

I was only a teacher for a short time, but I can tell you that in that brief period, I became aware of how many kids don’t get enough food. I saw a kid that was chastised because their lunch account was overdue. It’s not the child’s fault, and I hate that this happens! Unfortunately, it happens all over the country. It truly breaks my heart.

Last year, I raised money via social media for the Gaston County School System. The money was to be used for paying off student lunch debt. I only raised $800, but I think it helped. There’s an alumni group in Fort Mill, S.C. that’s doing the same.

The  Fort Mill ‘Ol School Crowd is raising money to cover the balance of overdue lunch accounts for the Fort Mill School District. Approximately $12,000 is owed, and so far the group has raised $5,000.

I say YAY for this group! Good for them! I love that former students are helping current students. Kids have a hard enough time without having to worry about where their next meal is coming from and if they can afford it. They shouldn’t need to deal with that.

If you’re interested in helping the Fort Mill ‘Ol School Crowd, you can check out their Facebook page here.  More info on the story can be found here.

Any help you can give this group, or ANY lunch debt program would rock! Thank you for helping kids!