More than 3,000 Wyoming youngsters will have their school lunch debt forgiven through a fundraising effort coordinated by Wyoming’s First Lady Jennie Gordon. The Governor’s office announced Wednesday that the effort had raised almost $99,500 to forgive unpaid school lunch money owed by 3,224 schoolchildren in Wyoming.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the National School Lunch Program, has been covering school lunch costs for all students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the money raised through the First Lady’s efforts will cover unpaid lunch money in Wyoming from before the pandemic. Lunch debts to be covered are in 28 of Wyoming’s 48 school districts ranging from less than $1 to $46,600 in one of the districts.