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Eau Claire community pays off school district lunch debt

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Students in the Eau Claire Area School District will start the school year without any lunch debt thanks to the generosity of our community.

At the end of last school year, the district had about $2,500 worth of unpaid student lunches.

District officials say they received multiple donations ranging anywhere from 20 cents to $20, which helped pay it all off.

The district’s food and nutrition director said these acts of kindness will help fuel kids throughout the day.

“In the learning environment, in order for the students to be there 100% and be able to focus and learn, they have to have food in their bodies and not worry about where those next meals come from,” said Joshua Guckenberg, food and nutrition director of the Eau Claire Area School District.

If a child’s meal account runs out of money that day, the district still feeds them the same lunch as every other student.

Guckenberg says families can apply for free or reduced priced meals during the school year.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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