Through the generous donations of local businesses and individuals to Loveland Schools’ Feed the Kids Fund, all lunch account balances for district families who fall just above the threshold to qualify for free or reduced meals have been cleared.
“We are extremely grateful for the contributions to the fund,” said Kris Tracy, Loveland City School District Food Services Director. “All negative balances on student accounts have been wiped away by the kindhearted actions of many wonderful people and businesses in this community, providing families in need a fresh start to the new school year. These are families that may need a little extra help at times, but have no place to turn,” said Tracy.
The Feed the Kids fund was established several years ago. Donations usually make up about $1,500 annually, but this past year it was more and so was the need. More than $4000 in the fund this September allowed the district to pay off every single account for those who needed help. As a general practice, even though money may be lacking, every child is offered their meal of choice at school, not a substitute sandwich or smaller portion.
“It is very important that all children are treated respectfully and that they get the food they need,” said Tracy. “Food is fuel for learning so we want to make sure that each student is equally given that tool to succeed.”
All donations to the Feed the Kids Fund are earmarked and cannot be used for any other purpose. Checks should be made out to the Loveland City School District Food Service Department with “Feed the Kids Fund” in the notes section.