Dine with Dignity

Dine With Dignity 

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The Dine with Dignity Fund helps students who cannot afford a lunch, but do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals (FARMS), to have access to traditional lunch options. Donations to this fund settle unpaid lunch balances accrued during the school year and allow students to receive a traditional lunch option even if they are in debt.

In 2018, the Montgomery County Board of Education suspended the practice of giving alternative meals to students with debt, because the practice indicated their circumstances to their peers. The Dine with Dignity Fund helps to ensure that cafes in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) have environments that are free of stigmas.

Since 2018, the fund has settled meal debt totaling $235,579 for more than 16,000 students.

We also have had the benefit of seeing the data associated with the accrued lunch debt. Surprisingly, two-thirds (137) of our schools accrue a debt of $1,500 or less for the school year. Another twenty-three percent (48) of our schools accrue an annual school lunch debt in the range of $2,500-$3,800. Seven percent of our schools (15) accrue annual school meal debt between $5,000- $9,999. And three percent of our schools (6) accrue school lunch debt greater than $10,000 for the year.

With that in mind, Dine with Dignity now offers donors the option to Sponsor a School, which would cover an entire school's lunch debt thus ensuring ALL of its students can continue to dine with dignity.

Sponsoring a school doesn't require the whole amount to be given in one payment. Many sponsors make recurring gifts (bi-weekly or monthly) of amounts ranging from $10 to $100 to support their school.

Sponsor a School          OR          Donate Now 

OR donate on your cell phone by texting DINE to 301-329-2238