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UPDATE: $2,400 raised by business to fight lunch debt in Chippewa Falls

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW)
- A Chippewa Falls business reached its goal, and then some, in raising money to cover lunch debt in the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District.

Royce Roberts, owner of Bomb Tacos, told News 18 his business brought in $2,400 for the fundraiser in three days. Roberts said that isn't including private donations that could still come in.

As News 18 previously reported, Roberts decided to pay off lunch accounts for at least one of the schools in the district, but when he found out it was only $1,300 between all nine schools, he decided to foot the entire bill.

He said by the end of the day Saturday, his restaurant was out of food. He said they went through 220 pounds of meat, 60 pounds of cheese, 60 pounds of beans and 35 pounds of rice.

He is donating the extra $1,100 raised to McDonell Area Catholic Schools. He said that should cover roughly half their lunch deficit.


Posted May 11, 2018
Chippewa Falls (WQOW)
- In Chippewa Falls, students' lunch debt is being covered by the generosity of local businesses. 

Royce Roberts, the owner of Bomb Tacos, said they decided to pay off lunch accounts for at least one of the schools in the district, but when they found out it was only $1,300 between all nine schools they figured they could cover it all with a little help from some other local businesses. 

As word of the fundraiser got out, more and more people joined in.

Friday, a representative from Woodman's Market showed up to help, and Roberts even said his friends from around the Midwest are calling, asking where to send their checks. 

"We said we were going to donate $300 and 10 percent of our sales," Roberts said. "I know there are at least two or three other businesses that are doing the same. I just know we're probably about three quarters of the way there, so far. It's great, I couldn't ask for more, honestly. I just love my hometown, that's about it." 

If you want to help, the fundraiser runs from 12-8 p.m. Saturday.

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