When Andrew Levy realized that over 400 kids were going hungry due to their lunch debts, he put himself in their shoes. His immediate action was to simply clear the debt.
When Andrew Levy, a resident of Palm Beach County heard that over 400 kids in his community couldn't get a full school lunch due to their unpaid balance, he decided to take matters into his own hands. To him, $944.34 seemed like dust when compared to the happiness hundreds of children would experience. "Food is something that you shouldn’t have to think about," Levy told CBS12. He gave the Jupiter Public School district a check for the unpaid dues to clear their debts.
Levy, a Palm Beach Gardens' real estate agent who conducts the majority of his business in the Jupiter area, recalled instantly falling in love with the community as soon as he moved to South Florida five years ago. "I fell in love with the ocean, with the buildings, with the community, with the people," he added. When he learned that more than 400 kids in his community didn't have access to a proper lunch, he reflected upon his own life, thinking how difficult it would have been for him to go to school hungry.
"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," said Levy. "I thought you know something? If for a modest sum I could make that change, I’m gonna do it," he recalled. Apart from his business there, he has no other connection to the Jupiter area. However, that did not stop him from paying off the outstanding debt in all nine Jupiter area public schools. He plans to help them as much as he can going forward.
ICYMI: Andrew Levy met with the district and paid off the outstanding debt in all nine Jupiter area public schools. https://t.co/nENQhsMNPb— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) 15 October 2019
"Every quarter, I’m going to do either a GoFundMe page or a fundraising page that can raise money every quarter, so lunch debt never accumulates so that children never have to worry about a hot meal and parents never have to worry about paying the bill," announced Levy. Luckily, he's not alone in his act of kindness. When he made a post about paying off the debts on Facebook, over 200 users flooded his comment section asking how they could be of help, according to CBS12. Before Levy could have realized, his selfless act has launched a chain reaction.
"I even have had some clients over the past 48 hours say you know something? I want to help I want to give too," he said. His GoFundMe account raised $3,223 which is way over its $2,500 target. And while Levy’s contribution managed to make a huge impact in Jupiter, there's still an outstanding lunch debt amount of $51,000 across Palm Beach County, as reported by a spokesperson. If you wish to make a difference in the school-goers lives, you can visit the district website to make a contribution.
Thank you Andrew Levy of Jupiter Florida for paying of the school lunch debt of children in public school.Our kids in america the richest country in the world that gives millions to foreign lands should never go hungry or have to pay to eat@JupiterLink #schoollunch #lunchdebt— Honey Barbeque (@McjiltonTony) 17 October 2019