Andrew Levy donated almost $1,000 of his own money in order to pay for school lunches.
We’ve been hearing quite a lot about the whole school lunch saga across the states in recent years, so naturally, there has been a lot of praise for Levy for dipping into his own personal funds in order to pay off lunch debts at schools in Jupiter, Florida.
Levy, who works as a real estate agent, had heard through the grapevine that in his area, there were about 400 kids who were not receiving a full school lunch due to outstanding debt, as reports CBS Miami.
Levy was horrified by their plight, so he made the decision to do something about it.
What makes his story even more remarkable, is that he did this from the own goodness of his heart. Levy had no connection to any of the schools since he has no kids of his own and only moved into the area in 214.
Levy explained that he’d fallen in love with his area and the community that he’s a part of, so he was shocked to learn that there were that many kids who were being denied a decent meal while trying to get an education.
Levy said to the media outlet, “Food is something that you shouldn’t have to think about. Children shouldn’t have to learn hungry. These children that were in debt were going to either not eat or they would get just cheese sandwiches and I thought that’s crazy.”
And that is when he stepped in.
In case you’re wondering what exactly he put into this “nearly $1,000” figure, the number is $944.34 to be precise. This means that no child in the schools affected would be going hungry come lunchtime.
Levy added, “I thought, ‘You know something? If for a modest sum I could make that change, I’m gonna do it.’ I went in there and I said, ‘I want to pay off the lunch debt.'”
After he posted to Facebook about his gesture, he quickly received attention from others who also wanted to join the good deed action and help.
He explained, “I even have had some clients over the past 48 hours say, ‘You know something, I want to help, I want to give too.'”
This is great! I love seeing people coming together for a good cause.
Levy’s generous donation helped clear the negative balance for 430 students in Jupiter, however, the students in Palm Beach County still have more than $51,000 of lunch debt as states the school district’s website.
But the debt is starting to come down. A spokesperson for the school district has stated that so far, they’ve received $8,600 in donations, including a single donation of $5,000.
While Levy did his part, he doesn’t see himself as anywhere near done with the good work. He has plans to organize a fundraiser four times a year to the benefit of school lunches.
Levy stated, “Every quarter I’m going to do either a GoFundMe page or a fundraising page that can raise money every quarter so the lunch debt never accumulates.”
It’s always wonderful to see kindness in motion. If you feel like you’d like to donate you can follow the link here.
Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.