After learning students in his class couldn’t afford their school lunches, a 9-year-old boy in Napa, California decided to take matters into his own hands.
A conversation Ryan Kirkpatrick had with his mom Kylie Kirkpatrick about fellow third-graders at West Park Elementary School with lunch debt inspired him to help. Ryan recognized just how important of a role food played in his family’s daily life, so he wanted to help those less fortunate, ABC7 reports.
The student asked his mom to find out just how much his classmates owed in lunch fees.
“It was I think $74.50. So I took that email and came to Ryan and said, ‘What do you want to do,’ and he said, ‘I guess I can pay for it.’ I said, ‘are you sure?’ And he said, ‘yes.'”
ABC7 reports that the cost of lunch for each student depends on their family’s income level. The meals can range from 30 cents to $3.25 each.
Although, district policy reportedly states:
“Students with a negative lunch account will still receive a hot meal.”
Ryan decided he would pay for his classmates’ debt with his allowance, which he usually spends on sporting goods. Furthermore, he did so anonymously.
“I want them to realize people actually think about them because you’re not just bragging about stuff. I want them to feel happy someone cares about them.”
As Dearly reported, a 6-year-old girl in Indiana had to return her hot lunch for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on Friday because she didn’t have enough money in her lunch account.