CLAYTON — A local church has raised more than $30,000 in just three days to pay off outstanding student lunch balances.
The Salem Church of God put gave out a challenge to its congregation during last Sunday’s service — to raise $14,000 to pay off lunch debt for two area districts.
The congregation showed up for the challenge, over doubling that goal.
“The total keeps moving up, but we’ve raised over $34,000,” said Steve Southards, lead pastor at Salem Church of God.
The church has raised now raised enough money to pay off student lunch debts for nine districts.
“In our school districts, there are kids that are coming to school without money for lunch. The school will give them lunch, but they accrue a debt,” Southards said.
Families who have had their lunch debt paid off will now receive letting them know of the gift.