Settle the Debt Assists with Lunch Debt

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Settle the Debt is a partner of SPARK, the education foundation for PWCS. The organization recently donated $45,600 to pay off the student meal debts at 24 schools in the Division. This donation brings the total amount donated to nearly $150,000.

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Prince William County resident Adelle Settle is founder of Settle the Debt. She was inspired to make a positive difference when she first learned of the existence of student meal debt in 2017.

“I have worked since then to advocate for more equitable and kind nutrition policies, both at the local and state level,” she said. “Our nonprofit Settle the Debt became a 501(c)3 last fall in order to advance our mission to end lunch debt in Virginia public schools. To date, we have paid off nearly $150,000 in Prince William County school meal debt.”

Adam Russo is director of school food and nutrition services for PWCS. He said, “I am reminded often how special our Prince William community is. Today I am blown away by the kindness of our neighbors, especially in these uncertain economic times. For Settle the Debt to raise nearly $150,000, it is an amazing contribution to our families, and I am truly thankful.”

Settle said, “I am so proud of Prince William County Public Schools for leading the way in ending alternate meals and setting fair nutrition policies that ensure that no child goes hungry in our schools, regardless of their financial circumstances. I am passionate about ending childhood hunger… I am grateful to have such a strong partner in PWCS as we work together to help shape better nutrition policies across the commonwealth.”

Settle said the organization donated more than $50,000 last December and January to ensure students returning from the winter break started the calendar year without any meal debt.

If you are interested in donating to help settle meal debt, check out the Settle the Debt website.

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