It goes without saying when you live in the wealthiest County in America many may not be aware there are folks amongst us who struggle on a daily basis to make ends meet. In our own Loudoun County Public Schools there are more than 13,000 students this year who are enrolled in the free and/or reduced meal program. That is 17% of our students.
There is not a single school in our County system that does not have students receiving free or reduced cost meals.
Despite this help there are a number of students whose families do not qualify because they are slightly over the income level, but their need is just as great. Federal guidelines limit annual income for a family of 4 to no more than $44,964, not a lot of money for our County. In Loudoun County as of January student accounts were in arrears $13,000.
What can we do?
A grassroots effort has been organized on a county-wide basis effort to raise funds to help pay down these children’s school meal debt. What better way for residents and business owners to share their good fortune with those who are unable to pay for their own breakfast or lunch. And, we all know how important good nutrition is to students being able to give their best academically.
Residents and business owners willing to support this effort can do so by clicking on the following link: http://www.loudouneducationfoundation.org/generaldonation.html to donate via PayPal. In the comments section, please add “School Meal Donation.” Donations are tax deductible.
For those who prefer to pay by check, please make it out to “Loudoun Education Foundation” adding “School Meal Donation” in the memo and send to this address:
Loudoun Education Foundation
21000 Education Court
Ashburn, VA 20148
100% of funds raised by this campaign will reduce the student meal debt at every school. Funds that exceed our goal of $13,000 will be used for the next school year to erase the debt.