Philando Castile Charity Clears All Student Lunch Debt in Minnesota School District
After Philando Castile was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop in 2016, Pam Fergus launched an online fundraiser in his memory.
The initiative, called Philando Feeds the Children, aimed to reduce student lunch debt in the same school district Philando used to work in. The goal was to raise $5,000 — but in just seven months after the charity was formed they’ve reached an incredible $111,000 in donations. According to Pam, the cleared donations were enough to eliminate all student lunch debt in Minnesota’s St. Paul Public Schools.
“St. Paul Public Schools System has 56 schools. K-12. And this fund, PHILANDO FEEDS THE CHILDREN, just paid off the lunch debt for all of them,” she wrote on the charity’s webpage.
“That means that no parent of the 37,000 kids who eat meals at school need to worry about how to pay that overdue debt. Philando is STILL reaching into his pocket, and helping a kid out. One by one. With your help. Your donations will fill that pocket for years to come. Thank you for your generosity […] You’ve made an enormous difference in their lives.”
How beautiful. You can learn more about Philando Feeds the Children here.