Two years have passed since he was fatally shot by a police officer in Minnesota, and we will never forget this. Even after death Philando Castile is still helping students afford lunch.
As you know he was a cafeteria supervisor and memory about him will live on in this charity by ensuring no student goes hungry.
A charity created in Castile’s honor has paid off the lunch debt for every student in the 56 schools in the St. Paul Public School District, including the school where Castile worked as a cafeteria supervisor.
“That means no parent of the 37,000 kids who eat meals at school need worry about how to pay that overdue debt,” a charity organizer wrote on the “Philando Feeds the Children” fundraising page.
He had worked at the J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in St. Paul for two years.
Families of the students said their kids took his death especially hard.
“It’s one thing to say he was a good guy, and it’s another thing to know he was a good guy,” Eisen Ramgren, a student’s parent, told.
Pam Fergus, an educator who launched the charity, told that an original goal was to raise $5,000, now it has more than $117,000 in donations. The funds will continue to pay for student lunches “for years to come,” Fergus wrote in a fundraising update.
As known Castile was known at his school for paying for students’ lunches when they couldn’t afford it.
“Philando was famous for that. His mother told me that every day he would call her after leaving his job at J.J. Hill and talk about the kids. Another kid didn’t have the money in his account, so Philando would take $3 out of his pocket and buy that kid’s lunch for the day,” she said.