An anonymous donor has paid off lunch debts for 148 Johnston elementary school students whose accounts were in the red by $10 or more.
The donation, totaling $13,250, was made Jan. 9. It benefited students in kindergarten through fifth grade in all five Johnston elementary schools, said Laura Sprague, director of communications.
“This donation is quite critical for families who need some extra help,” she said. ” … When the belly is full, the kids can have a much better day. And for some students who may be in a food insecure situation, school meals are essential to their nutrition.”
Of the 3,130 elementary school students in Johnston, 595 qualify for free or reduced lunch. That represents about 19 percent of the younger student population.
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SOURCE: USA Today; The Des Moines Register, Kim Norvell