Tuesdays are always my crazy busy day, and yesterday afternoon as I was running errands I heard a heard a news story on the radio which brought a sad smile to my face. The segment was about the Philando Feeds the Children fund, a memorial fund set up to raise money to pay off school lunch debt in schools in St. Paul, MN. The fund was established in honor of Philando Castile who was fatally shot by police in 2016. The creator of this online crowdfunding venture chose a fund to pay off school lunch debt as a way to honor Philando Castile, because Mr. Castile worked as a nutrition services supervisor at a school in St. Paul and would regularly assist children who were unable to pay for lunch with money out of his own pocket. The fund has raised $70,000 over its initial goal of $5,000. As a result, fund organizers have decided to increase their goal to $100,000 and to expand the reach of the fund to any school in Minnesota with school lunch debt.
I wish I didn’t live in a world with school lunch debt or hungry children or innocent, unarmed individuals getting shot by police offices, but the creation of this fund and the outpouring of support for it help to restore my faith in the kindness and caring of others.