St. Cloud School District 742 was about $28,000 in school lunch debt at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, according to Joseph Happe who is the nutritional services director for the district.

Students who have the greatest need for help are those who are on the cusp of qualifying for the free and reduced meal program. Happe says last year there was a family who missed qualifying for the program by $3 on their annual income statement.


The district has set up an Angel Fund which temporarily helps students pay for lunch who need it the most. However it's not a permanent solution and is only supported by donations.

In order to tackle this problem head-on, there's a Go Fund Me page set up to help erase St. Cloud's lunch debt. The goal is raise $28,000 for the district. If the campaign is fortunate enough to raise more than that, the rest will be donated to the Angel Fund to continue providing needy students with a meal in school.

If you're in a position where you can and want to donate, here's a link. If you're not able to donate but want to help the campaign, consider sharing the link to the Go Fund Me page with your friends and family. Let's erase school lunch debt together!


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