North Carolina Church Raises Thousands to Pay Off Cafeteria Lunch Debt For Every County School

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A North Carolina pastor has been helping children in need throughout his county, whether they need clothes, housing, or even a family—with programs like his church’s Foster and Adoption Ministry.

A few years ago his City Church in Gastonia started Hope Closet, a clothing giveaway for kids who may be displaced, or kids in schools who need new shoes.

A few weeks ago he ran across a news article about the growing number of kids whose school lunch accounts remain unpaid.

School lunch debt is a problem for districts across North Carolina, including Gaston County where Pastor Dickie Spargo learned that families owe a total of $13,000.

“We decided that we were going to share it with our church, and then just take up an offering and see what would happen,” Spargo told local media.

In less than two weeks, the congregation raised $23,000.

“What a great opportunity to bless these kids,” the pastor told his congregation after delivering the check.

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