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FEED THE CHILDREN: Parent starts fundraiser to ensure every child gets hot school lunch

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EDMOND, Okla. – When parent Casey Twenter read a recent Facebook post about kids who couldn’t afford to pay for their school lunches and the random good Samaritan who took up the slack and paid up as many of the kids’ lunch accounts as he could, it inspired him to find out if there was a similar situation at his home school. Sadly, he learned that this was not only a problem, but one that’s become a bigger and bigger problem throughout the state.

“If a kid's lunch account is emptied and zeroed out, if they want to eat, they only get a cheese sandwich and milk,” Twenter said. “There are kids that fall between the cracks of the free lunch programs with families who, despite struggling with poverty, don't qualify for free meal or reduced meal programs.”

After filling up the lunch accounts of a handful of kids at his home school, he decided to start at GoFundMe page to challenge his friends to help out with this issue. His plan is pretty simple: take the money earned up to the school and anonymously fill as many meal accounts as possible so they have a daily healthy meal until the end of the school year.

Twenter added that, as a parent, it’s “frustrating” to know that with upcoming statewide school budget cuts the problem “can’t get better” and that it may become necessary for parents to start contacting administrators to ask what needs their school is lacking in, either donating money, goods or their time.

“It tugs at your heartstrings,” Twenter said. “Kids and the elderly are the last people that should be going hungry or having to deal with going hungry. The kids represent what’s coming and the elderly represent the hard work that came before. You wouldn’t expect them to be the people that people let fall through the cracks, but here we are.”

Twenter hopes that his act inspires other people to take a look at their neighborhood school’s food program and, if not start a similar fundraiser of their own, maybe donate a few bucks so a few kids can have a full and balanced lunch.

“Little fundraisers can go a long way,” Twenter said.” It doesn’t take a whole lot of money from individuals when you could all come together to make one big impact. Depending on perspective, the money that we’ve raised will have a pretty big impact at the school. That’s all that I was going for. I couldn’t stand by and not do anything.”

To donate to Twenter’s GoFundMe, click here

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