Local mom forms nonprofit to pay off school lunch debt, presents first checks to Gwinnett schools

Two years ago, Suwanee resident Alessandra Ferrara-Miller was eating lunch at her then-5-year-old daughter’s school when she came to a realization.

“I remembered hearing on the news a story about a child in another state who had gone through the lunch line and gotten to the front and he didn’t have funds in his account, so the lunch lady threw the food away and stamped his arm saying (he had no) lunch money,” Ferrara-Miller said. “I remember just looking around (the school cafeteria) and thinking that my daughter, at 5, wouldn’t understand the concept of, ‘We don’t have money for food’ or ‘You can’t eat because you don’t have money.’”