"Lunch Angel" Kenny Thompson, of nonprofit Feed the Future Forward, came to Horne Elementary School on Monday to pay off all 158 past-due lunch accounts, totaling $965.67.
Donations made to the non profit have allowed Thompson to donate more than his initial donation of $465 to Valley Oaks Elementary School on Feb. 3.
Thompson has paid off negative lunch balances at:
• Five schools in Spring Branch ISD on Feb. 10 ($3,338)
• Aldine ISD’s Aldine Middle School on Feb. 14 ($954.02)
• Houston ISD’s Sinclair Elementary School on Feb. 17 ($147.10)
• Katy ISD’s Sundown Elementary School on Feb. 17 ($627.91)
The combined efforts from Feed the Future benefited about 900 students in less than one month.
“When the story first broke, things went crazy,” Thompson said. “I’ve had donations from people as far away as Australia, Canada and Europe. From what I hear, all over the country people are participating in similar efforts in taking care of lunch accounts. It’s a really neat way to take care of our kids, and it makes us all feel good.”
Horne Elementary School Principal Stephanie Thomas said Thompson's donation coincided with the school's February effort to model random acts of kindness to students.
“Mr. Thompson and the Feed the Future Forward foundation have modeled these random acts of kindness for our students and families," Thomas said. "Now our students can observe the positive impact this makes in our school and our community. Horne is blessed to have received this donation from Feed the Future Forward."
Thompson, who has served as a mentor at an elementary school in Spring Branch, said he has a passion for helping public school students.