CLAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A church program in Ohio will pay off students’ outstanding lunch debt in nine school districts after raising more than $40,000 in donations.
The Salem Church of God’s lead pastor Steve Southards said the Clayton church was looking for “a quick project” to show how the love of Jesus can help meet people’s needs, the Dayton Daily News reported last week.
The church’s Next Steps Pastor Bob Hawker asked congregants during Sunday services to donate to the $14,000 combined student lunch debt of Northmont and Brookville school districts. The congregation raised over $40,000 in four days.
Student lunch debts will be eliminated at nine districts — Brookville, Northmont, Vandalia-Butler, New Lebanon, Milton-Union, Tri-County North, Franklin-Monroe, Troy and Kettering.
“As a church, we want to be known by what we’re for instead of what we’re against,” Southards said. “We would love to be known as a church that’s for our community.”