- The Washington Times - Monday, March 3, 2014

An 8-year-old Michigan boy decided to take matters into his own hands when his friend was denied a hot lunch because he didn’t have enough money in his account.

Cayden Taipalus, a student at Challenger Elementary in Howell, was concerned after his friend received a cheese sandwich in lieu of a hot lunch, because his parents hadn’t added more money to his account.

Cayden’s mother, Amber Melke-Peters, said her son came home upset and wanted to know how he could help his friends.

“We came up with Pay It Forward: No Kid Goes Hungry,” says Cayden’s web page at a social fundraising site. “Cayden called family, friends, neighbors and even took back cans to raise money to pay off low income kids delinquent lunch accounts at school. He not only paid off the accounts but added money to them so the child had no future worries about lunches.”

Cayden has already raised more than $6,500, which is only $3,500 short of his goal.

“The donation response has been wonderful so Cayden is continuing on to other elementary schools to help out more kids. He would like to do all Livingston County elementary schools if possible. We cant do this alone, any donation is accepted and very much appreciated,” Cayden’s FundRazr page says.

The Washington Times reported in January that roughly 40 children at a Salt Lake City elementary school watched as their meals were dumped in the trash due to their outstanding balances.

In November, a lunch worker at a Houston-area middle school threw out a boy’s breakfast over 30 cents.

(h/t WXYZ)

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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