This man in Florida, after hearing the news that more than 400 students are unable to get a full meal during the time in school because of their outstanding debt, took matters in his own hands and paid a generous amount to pay off the debt. The kind act has also inspired others to do the same.
This man from Florida, Andrew Levy is being praised for his selflessness after the man donated nearly $1000 to pay off the Lunch debt of schools in Jupiter. Levy discovered that more than 400 students were unable to receive full meals when they attended the cafeteria because of their overdue debts. Even though Levy has lived in South Florida only since 2014 and doesn't have any kids in the school district, the man was startled to see such high numbers. Levy felt responsible and believed that he has to take action to save the community that he has fallen in love with.
“Food is something that you shouldn’t have to think about. Children shouldn’t have to learn hungry,” he said. “These children that were in debt were going to either not eat or they would get just cheese sandwiches and I thought that’s crazy.”
Levy who is a real estate agent in Palm Beach Gardens and has majority of his business in Jupiter, took the matter in his own hands and paid $944.34 to ensure that no child goes hungry during school hours. “I thought, ‘You know something? If for a modest sum I could make that change, I’m gonna do it,'” he explained to CBS Miami 4. “I went in there and I said, ‘I want to pay off the lunch debt.'”
The generous donor says that the act was nothing more than a kind gesture but he is happy that it has inspired others to step up and do the same. After posting the story on social media, the real estate agent says that his post was flooded with comments from people across Palm Beach County asking how they could also help.
“I even have had some clients over the past 48 hours say, ‘You know something, I want to help, I want to give too,'” Levy recalled to the Miami outlet.
And their help will certainly be needed. Though Levy successfully zeroed out the deficit for 430 students in Jupiter-area schools, Palm Beach County students still carry more than $51,000 in outstanding lunch debts, according to the school district’s website.