Mom raises $18,000 to buy lunch for hungry students in Lamar CISD

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- For Amina Ishaq, not getting to eat a hot school lunch is personal.

As the PTO president of a Lamar Consolidated ISD elementary school, she says ending hunger is a passion of hers, especially when it comes to students.

She launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for students in need of lunch at school.

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In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, students fill their lunch trays at J.F.K Elementary School in Kingston, N.Y., where all meals are now free.

With an initial goal of $15,500, Ishaq hoped to pave the way for free lunches for every student, regardless of income at home.

"We don't know people's home situation," Ishaq told Eyewitness News.

Now two months after starting her fundraiser, she has raised more than $18,000. She also expanded her goal to $25,000.

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Amina Ishaq explains why she's raising money to feed kids in Lamar Consolidated ISD.

"I did this because there was a need," Ishaq said. "I truly believe God blesses us to bless others."

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