How You Can Help Students With Lunch Debt

How You Can Help Students With Lunch Debt
Posted on 10/14/2019
Student in the Cafeteria line

Thanks to the generosity of community members, outstanding lunch debt for hundreds of students in Palm Beach County is a thing of the past. Most recently, a member of the community donated nearly $1,000 to zero out the deficit of 430 students in Jupiter-area schools. Another donor gave $5,000 earlier in the school year.

These generous contributions bring the total amount of donations toward school debt this school year to more than $8,600. Last year, nearly 4,000 students were helped by the more than $21,000 in donations to pay off lunch debts.

However, even with the continued donations from the community, Palm Beach County students still carry more than $51,000 in outstanding lunch debts. Lunches in Palm Beach County school cafeterias cost $2.05 in elementary schools and $2.30 in middle and high schools.

Breakfast is always free of charge in Palm Beach County schools, regardless of financial need, and students who carry a lunch debt are not denied food, according to Allison Monbleau, the director of the District’s School Food Service department.

Elementary students who have debt will have their entree replaced with a turkey and cheese sandwich and will be able to keep their sides and drink on their tray. High school students receive a cheese sandwich and their choice of milk or juice.

Students whose families qualify for free and reduced lunches can apply throughout the school year to receive free lunch or reduced lunch for $.40, depending on their financial need.

If you would like to make a donation to help lower the school lunch debt for students, click here

Donor checks can also be made payable to School Food Service and mailed to their office at 3661 Interstate Park Road North, Suite 100, Riviera Beach, FL 33404.

A member of the SFS department will contact you about the distribution of your donation to a particular school, group, or free and reduced status, if you choose to specify. For questions about donating to the SFS program, call Lori Dornbusch, Manager of School Food Service at 561-383-2035.

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