When Philando Castile, a cafeteria manager at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was alive, he would reach into his pocket to pay for the lunches of children who couldn’t afford them.
In July 2016, Jeronimo Yanez, a police officer with the Saint Anthony police department, shot to death Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. A majority white jury acquitted Yanez of killing Castile
After Castile’s murder, his friends established a fund in Castile’s name to raise money for students’ lunches at J.J. Hill Montessori School.
As of Tuesday, Philando Feeds the Children at youcaring.com/allpublicschoolsstpaulandbeyond-914378 has raised $174, 787 to pay off the entire lunchroom debt for all 56 of Saint Paul’s public schools.
The fund paid the school district $35,000 and as a result, 37, 000 students who eat meals at school won’t have to worry about paying for them.
The charity now wants to raise nearly $1 million to pay for all the school lunches for schools throughout Minnesota.