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Mother’s good deed inspires donation to pay off unpaid lunch balances

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- School lunch is a big part of the day for students, but some families simply cannot afford it every day of the school-week.

In this week’s addition of CBS 6 Gives, we were inspired by a national story about a New Mexico mother who packed her son an extra lunch for a student her son says sat alone at lunch each day with just a fruit cup.

The mother then helped raise more than $400 to help pay all the past due lunch accounts so all the kids that needed lunch, had lunch.


CBS 6 reporter Jon Burkett met with the cafeteria staff of Arthur Ashe Elementary School, and with the help of Union Bank and Trust, paid off the outstanding balances and gave a little extra to help cover future lunches.

“We know at CBS 6 that these kids are a big part of your life and these kids mean everything to you… So, we’re going to pay off the balances of all those that have unpaid balances and add a little bit to it,” said Jon as he handed the cafeteria manager an envelope.


“Wow… That’s fantastic, thank you,” said the manager. “Sometimes it is that situation. This means a great deal to the students, the parents, and our community as a whole.