NFL player Richard Sherman is on a mission to rid the issue and relieve some of the financial tensions faced by students and their families. According to People, he made a major donation to eliminate student lunch debt at the Santa Clara, California-based Cabrillo Middle School.
Sherman donated over $7,000 to the school to get rid of the debt. His donation was made through his organization The Blanket Coverage Foundation which works to financially support and empower students who come from low-income households so they can excel in the classroom. “We have found that eliminating student lunch debt is one way to help assist students and their families in relieving some of the stress that comes with attending school on a daily basis,” read a statement from Sherman’s organization. “The last thing any child should have to worry about is being able to afford eating breakfast and lunch at school; we aim to do our part in eliminating that obstacle.”
This act of generosity comes after the San Francisco 49ers cornerback donated $20k to eliminate the student lunch debt at Tacoma Public Schools in Washington.
According to CNN, despite the United States Department of Agriculture allocating over $22 billion annually for child nutrition programs, schools are barred from using federal funds to pay off meal debt.
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