STOCKBRIDGE – A member of the Stockbridge City Council worked to pay off the overdue school lunch debt at Stockbridge Elementary School.
Councilman Elton Alexander, along with Eusebio Phelps, bishop at New Faith Christian Church, and Adam Price, owner of Falcon Design, paid off the overdue lunch debt, according to a release from Alexander.
Alexander said on Monday that the lunch debt was paid off for $750.
“It is great to have community partners like New Faith Christian Church at Eagles Landing and Falcon Design,” Alexander said in a release.
Phelps said that, in addition to paying off the balances, New Faith will form an ongoing partnership with the school to ensure all students remain able to receive hot meals at lunch.
Alexander’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Community Development for Real People, is raising funds to pay off school lunch balances at other schools. According to a release, the nonprofit is scheduled to pay off school lunch balances at Dutchtown Middle School this week.
Alexander also said in a release that he has started an online petition to end the policy of cutting off hot meals for students with school lunch balances.
According to the release, the petition has been signed nearly 1,000 times.
Students in the Henry County school system are allowed to have a debt of up to $17.75 in elementary school and $5 in middle school. High school students are not allowed to have a debt on school lunches.
Students that run up a debt greater than allowed are offered an alternative meal of a sandwich, fruit and milk instead of a hot lunch.
At Henry County schools, breakfast is $1.15 for students in elementary school and $2.40 for elementary school lunches. Reduced-price breakfast is 30 cents and reduced-price lunch is 40 cents.