United Way, Columbia Public Schools Raising Money for School Lunches
COLUMBIA -- The National School Lunch Program covers nearly 40 percent of students in the Columbia Public Schools, but the district's nutritional services department said it has lost about $38,000 covering the students that do not qualify for the program.
To cover those costs, the school district has teamed with the Heart of Missouri United Way to create the "Lunch for Learning" program. The two entities are currently accepting donations, which can be made online or in person.
One anonymous donor even plans to match donations dollar-for-dollar, pledging to give up to $5,000 if necessary.
The Columbia Public School Disrict said students owed a total of more than $1,400 in outstanding lunch charges as of April.
Donors can give money by visiting www.uwheartmo.org or the district's official website, and they can also donate by texting "MOIMPACT" to 864833. The $5 text message fee would serve as the donation.
The office of Nutritional Services at the district headquarters on Worley Street will also accept donations in person.
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