"Lunch angel" Kenny Thompson of Feed the Future Forward made his second donation in a week to a Cy-Fairbanks ISD school when he contributed $673.94 to pay off all 128 past-due lunch balances at Matzke Elementary School.
While at Matzke on Monday, Thompson also contributed an additional $50 to Matzke's "Angel Account," which exists to alleviate past-due balances at the school once they have reached their limit.
Thompson said that when he heard about the Angel Account, which began with a generous donation from Matzke parents Mark and Rebecca Hudson, he felt compelled to promote Matzke's cause.
"We decided to give them a head start, and to help that account go further we zeroed that balance out," he said. "This is how it starts, with the community getting involved in our schools. That's how we got started."
Thompson's first donation occurred Feb. 3 in Spring Branch ISD.
Now one month into Feed the Future Forward's efforts, the nonprofit has cleared out past-due lunch balances for 1,027 students totaling more than $7,300.
"It’s amazing," he said. "We pinch ourselves. It started only four weeks ago with 66 kids. To know that we’ve helped over 1,000 is great. It’s a milestone for us."