Church Pays All Student Lunch Debts In Nutley, 4 Other NJ Schools

Nov 3, 2019 by

A New Jersey church wiped out student lunch debts at public schools in Nutley, Parsippany, Sayreville, Somerville and Roselle.

NUTLEY, NJ — There’s one thing about Liquid Church’s recent campaign to wipe out student lunch debts at five New Jersey school districts that Jim Gottshall wants people to know when they hear about the inspiring effort: It’s not a marketing ploy.

Gottshall, a pastor at the church, said his congregation had no plan to publicize its donations, which eliminated lunch debts for about 1,500 families in five public school districts across the state: Nutley, Parsippany, Sayreville, Somerville and Roselle.

But then, during Monday’s meeting of the Nutley Board of Education, a school official gave the church a shout-out, thanking it for their donation, which came to about $4,200 in that district alone.

Gottshall, who represents the church’s Essex County campus, remained humble about the donations when contacted for more information.

“We didn’t — nor will we — pursue any media coverage for this, because we didn’t want people to misinterpret our act of no-strings-attached generosity as anything other than that,” he told Patch.

The fund drive took place during sermon on Oct. 13, when congregants were encouraged to give a tithe of 10 percent of their income. The campaign took place at each of the church’s seven campuses in Essex, Morris, Middlesex, Somerset, Union and Monmouth counties.

In the Nutley Public School District, students in a variety of situations are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, including children in households receiving NJ SNAP benefits, foster children under the legal care of an agency or court, children participating in a school Head Start program and children who “meet the definition of homel

Source: Church Pays All Student Lunch Debts In Nutley, 4 Other NJ Schools | Belleville, NJ Patch

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