Rotary Club of Wellington Pays Off $20,000 in Outstanding School Lunch Debts

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but thanks to the Rotary Club of Wellington, Palm Beach County students’ outstanding lunch debts are a thing of the past – $20,000 worth of them.

School lunches are free or reduced in price for students whose families meet certain income criteria, but sometimes students who don’t qualify for lunch benefits may not have the money they need to cover the $2.05 or $2.30 tab. With a District as large as Palm Beach County, those debts add up fast.

“I am touched by the generosity of the Rotary Club of Wellington. Their kind donation will assist thousands of students and their families with overdrawn meal account balances,” said Allison Monbleau, Director of School Food Services for the School District of Palm Beach County.

The Club was granted the money after they won this year’s Great Charity Challenge. The annual event is presented by Fidelity Investments and Equestrian Sports Productions, the owners of the International Equestrian Center in Wellington. Non-profit organizations in the community that qualify are assigned a horse during a winter event and the prize money they receive is based on their horse and rider’s performance.

For their generosity, the Rotary Club of Wellington will be recognized by the School Board during the Board Meeting on Wednesday, November 15.

The mission of the Rotary Club International includes supporting the education of children, and the partnership of the Rotary Club of Wellington is aligned with the District’s Strategic Plan Theme of providing a positive school climate by securing parent and community partnerships to support the academic and social/emotional development of all students.

“It is a beautiful thing when individuals and groups reach out and find ways to support the needs of our children,” Monbleau said.