'Lunch Angel' pays off student debts at another school

Kenny Thompson poses with kids at Horne Elementary School. He paid off school lunch debts there on Monday
February 24, 2014 3:52:27 PM PST
Kenny Thompson has become known across the Houston area as the 'Lunch Angel.'

Through his non-profit group, Feed the Future Forward, Thompson has been paying off past due lunch accounts of students who aren't able to. Today, he was at Horne Elementary School to pay off all 158 past due lunch accounts totaling nearly $1,000.

It's just the latest school he's visited to pay off lunch debts.

On Feb. 3, he paid off lunches at Spring Brach ISD's Valley Oaks Elementary School totaling $465. Since then, he's paid off lunches at five Spring Branch ISD schools ($3,338), Aldine ISD's Aldine Middle School ($954.02), HISD's Sinclair Elementary School ($147.10) and Katy ISD's Sundown Elementary School ($627.91).

Thompson's organization has paid off nearly $6,500 worth of lunch debts for around 900 students in less than a month.

Thompson says he's had donations from people as far away as Australia, Canada and Europe.

"From what I hear, all over the country people are participating in similar efforts in taking care of lunch accounts," he said. "It's a really neat way to take care of our kids, and it makes us all feel good."

Thompson, who works full time as a union stage hand, said he has a passion for helping public school students. He has served his local elementary school in Spring Branch as a mentor for several years.

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