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Volunteer pays for full lunches at Houston school

Updated Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 | 12:29 p.m.

HOUSTON (AP) — A volunteer at a Houston-area elementary school who noticed some students were getting a smaller lunch of cold cheese sandwiches is digging into his own pocket to cover delinquent meal accounts so every child can get the same full lunch tray.

Kenny Thompson is a volunteer tutor and mentor at Valley Oaks Elementary in Houston. He says he asked about the lunch differences after hearing about some Utah students who lost meals because of non-payment.

Thompson told Houston television station KPRC (http://bit.ly/1fXbkVi) that likely was the reason for smaller meals at his school. He learned more than 60 children were on reduced lunches because parents couldn't afford the 40-cent daily fee.

He provided $465 to eliminate the deficits.

Thompson says children shouldn't have to worry about finances.

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Information from: KPRC-TV, http://www.click2houston.com