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School lunch buddies pay off Warrick debt

An early Christmas present that hundreds won’t find under the tree, only in their lunch account. Warrick County families have their debts covered, thanks to a few generous donations.

The holiday is getting a little lighter for families, but the lunch tray isn’t. The power of people is putting food on the table for hundreds of students, with a wish granted, perhaps some never knew they had.

Lori Baumhoer is one of the founders of “School Lunch Buddies,” but she is also with the American Legion Post 44 Auxiliary in Newburgh. She says the effort to raise money, even for total strangers, is what you’re supposed to do.

“Someone volunteered to take care of Chandler Elementary, pay off them, and Yankeetown,” she says.

The group raised $4,000 for 400 students and their families make ends meet before the year turns over.
A sizable chunk, $1,300 of the total, came thanks to Baumhoer’s call to her Legion.

Warrick County schools serve students an alternate lunch once their debt grows to $10. The Legion’s donation, paired with many more from across the county, ensures student’s come back from Christmas break with a fresh start.

Earlier this week we told you the EVSC is working with Evansville families to reclaim tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Officials say families could even pay a dollar per week. If they don't, the school corporation is required by the state to turn those families over to attorneys to work out.

“There’s a lot of good people here,” Baumhoer says.”

It’s a Christmas gift you won't find under a tree, because the gift is just to care.

 

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(This story was originally published December 21, 2017)


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