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Lutz church paying off nearly $40k of student lunch debt in Hillsborough, Pasco counties

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Posted at 9:44 AM, Feb 16, 2021

Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz is paying off student lunch debt for all juniors and seniors in Hillsborough County Public Schools, and all students K-12 in Pasco County Public Schools.

Idlewild is donating $21,367.33 to students in Hillsborough, and $17,000 to eliminate all lunch debt for students in Pasco, the school districts said.

Idlewild’s Sr. Pastor, Ken Whitten, says their church community wanted to let families in the area know they have support, even during these uncertain times. The church hopes this generous donation can be a source of hope during the pandemic.

“This act of kindness from Idlewild comes at a time when many of our families need additional support to help make ends meet. We deeply appreciate faith-based community partners like Idlewild whose dedication and generosity provide critical support and hope for families across Hillsborough County,” said Superintendent Addison Davis.

“We can’t thank Idlewild Baptist Church enough for this generous donation,” said Kurt Browning, Pasco Superintendent of Schools. “This will really make a difference. It will come as a relief to so many families, especially at a time when many are struggling.”

Student debt for seniors can have an impact on participation in graduation ceremonies. Now, seniors in both counties will not have to worry about outstanding debt interfering with end-of-year activities thanks to Idlewild’s donation.