An anonymous donor sent a $10,000 to a Maine school district to help eliminate familiesâ unpaid lunch debt, The Press Herald reports.
Westbrook Superintendent Peter LanciaÂ was being interviewed about student lunch debtÂ on a local TV station whenÂ he receivedÂ an email alerting him to the donation.
The donor, who wished to remain anonymous, said they wanted to help familiesâ unpaid accounts and later sent a $10,000 check to Lanciaâs office.
âIâm not speechless often, and it was one of those moments,â Lancia told the newspaper in Portland, Maine.
The donation eliminatedÂ more than half of the $17,000 owed to the school district for student lunches.
Lancia told The Press Herald that number is high but is comparable to other school years.
Lunch at the elementary and middle schools cost $2.30, so the donation will help settle more than 4,300 meals.
Sometimes the school district provides the only stable, guaranteed meal for a child, the superintendent said.
âWe have a lot of people who are living paycheck to paycheck, and they may not be able to make every end meet,â Lancia said.
The school district isnât sure how they will divide the donation up between individual accounts, he told the newspaper.
âWe want children to eat,â Lancia said. âWe feed kids, and we settle the bills with parents later.â
Veronica Bates, a member of the Westbrook School Committee and chairperson of its finance committee, said when she first heard about the donation, she assumed it was a mistake.
âEvery time I say it, I get goosebumps,â she said. âI cannot express my gratitude enough.â