Facebook post inspires Brookfield foundation to help families with school lunch debt

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BROOKFIELD TWP., (WKBN) – As we head toward the end of the school year, a group in Brookfield has found a way to help some students.

The Brookfield Fallen Firefighters Foundation donated $2,500 to Brookfield Local Schools to pay off the lunch debts.

“It’s just amazing. I’m speechless,” said cafeteria supervisor Donna Bailey.

A check presentation took place on Monday.

“The cafeteria is actually self-supporting, which means we actually pay the wages of the staff in the cafeteria, their insurance,” Bailey said.

The donated money will pay off approximately 300 families’ lunch debt at Brookfield and keep the cafeteria from having to borrow money to cover the debt.

“The students are going to be so grateful. But there are… sometimes parents go through a hard time and they can’t pay on their debt and they try and it’s very difficult and they are going to appreciate this so much,” Bailey said.

Randy Richman is the president of the Brookfield Fallen Firefighters. He says the money comes from their annual wild game dinner.

Over the past two years, the group has donated $60,000. They also give $10,000 in high school scholarships.

Richman said he was inspired by a Facebook post by the Shenango Township Volunteer Fire Department in West Middlesex. Some of those firefighters were on hand for the check presentation Monday evening.

“And in that article, I remember reading that the lunch lady mentioning that when she called some of the parents, they cried because they were so happy to hear that this generous thing had been done,” Richman said.

He hopes to inspire other groups to help people in need.

The Brookfield Fallen Firefighters’ 2019 wild game dinner was held at the Yankee Lake Ballroom in February. If you would like to go next year, make sure to watch their Facebook page for details because tickets sell out quickly.

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