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Utah man gives money to cover children and young people on school lunches

LAYTON, Utah – Utah A man who grew up eating free – and reduced-lunch at school has donated enough money to pay for more than 5,000 meals for children with an outstanding lunch balances due to schools in the district where he received his education.

Damon Burton is now the owner of website development and marketing companies are looking for ways to give back and decided to give $2,000 to the Davis School District, the Standard-Examiner newspaper in Ogden reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/2hLYgJi ).

“I have experienced the large gap, so I understand the value in helping, because I was a direct recipient of that help was in my younger years,” he said.

Burton, 35, of Layton, said he conceived the idea and started calling schools about two months ago.

“It was not a strategic thing, it’s just evolved,” he said.

Burton’s donation went to the Davis Education Foundation for distribution. Chris Williams, a spokesman for the district of north about 15 miles north of Salt Lake City says it “has certainly enlightened someone is the load” and is very much appreciated.

It is not clear which schools in the district receive the money, but the decision will be based on need and decided by the district’s food service director, Williams said.

The donation is particularly poignant for the teachers and administrators, because they are not technically supposed to give food to the students, if they have outstanding balances on their accounts, but it is difficult to refuse hot lunch to children, said Diane Hammer, director at Layton Primary school.

Another Utah district made headlines in 2014 as staff members at a Salt Lake City elementary school took lunches away from children with the past due lunch balances. The district apologized and improper interference in communication over a new payment system.

Davis school officials said Burton’s donation worth the equivalent of 5,714 meals.

“That is the most beautiful thing I have ever heard,” Hammer said. “I just want to cry.”

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Information: Standard-Examiner http://www.standard.net

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