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August 23, 2019

9-year-old boy in California spends allowance on classmates’ lunch debt

June 12, 2019

A 9-year-old boy in Napa, Calif. decided to do something about lunchroom debt when he saw a news story about a kindergartner who returned her lunch when she didn’t have enough money to cover it.

The third-grader, Ryan Kyote, spent his allowance on covering the his whole class’ lunch debt, his mom, Kylie Kirkpatrick told NBC’s “Today” show.

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“Ryan was outraged,” Kilpatrick told NBC. “He said, ‘Mom, how does something like this happen?’ Then he asked what he could do to help.”

The class’ debt came to $74.50, Kilpatrick said, a better investment than a new pair of sneaks, Ryan decided.

A 2017 California law requires that schools do not deny students lunch, regardless of their lunch balance.

But the difficulties some students face covering school lunch prices have emerged as a focus of national concern recently.

Sen. Bernie Sanders chimed in on Kyote’s story in a tweet Sunday, saying “’School lunch debt’ should not exist in the wealthiest country in the history of the world.”

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