Third-grader Pays Off Class’s Lunch Debt

Should school lunch debt even exist? Brut spoke to the third grader who went viral for paying off his class's debt about why school lunch should be free.

Nine-year old covers lunch for classmates.

This inspiring nine-year-old paid off the student lunch debt for his entire third grade class. The student said he was going to take out his savings account money and put it towards paying for their lunches. His first reaction was very shocked that this would be happening in education. He did not want that to happen to him. So he felt very bad for the other kids that didn’t have any lunches. Ryan Kyote saved six months of allowance and paid off $74.80 in debt after learning about 5-year-old in Indiana who was denied lunch because of his debt. Now, Ryan and his mom, Kylie Kirkpatrick, are advocating for free school lunches.

Should elementary school kids be coming to school worried about should they have lunch that day? Are they allowed to get lunch today? If he/she charges lunch that day or are they going to send the parents a bill? Are they going to get in trouble because they have a bill now? 5 all the way to 12-year olds in elementary school have found themselves int his predicament. “We've been talking a lot about the government and how that works and how one person can create a movement like this. So, it's really incredible.” Ryan’s mom adds. “School lunch debt” should not exist in the wealthiest country in the history of the world…When we are in the White House, we are going to provide year-round, free universal school meals.” tweeted Bernie Sanders.

Ryan received an outpouring of support after his act of generosity, but many were in disbelief he had to pay at all — prompting a national discussion about student lunch debt. “I felt very like famous. And. And. And like I felt very shocked that Bernie Sanders saw it. I got very excited.” Ryan gushes over the recognition.

Ryan hopes his actions will encourage adults to take better care of each other.


06/22/2019 6:00 PM


  • Laurie P.
    10/21/2019 23:31

    Straight shady situation.

  • Stephanie B.
    10/19/2019 22:21 Here’s the real story. Poor kids mom is a fraud

  • Kylie K.
    09/05/2019 04:15

    Please support California legislation SB 265 to stop the shaming

  • Kylie K.
    07/12/2019 06:28


  • Sindhu R.
    07/01/2019 03:10

    Sometimes we adults need to learn many things from children☺children are the image of God really

  • Linda K.
    07/01/2019 03:00

    In the face of adult cruelty, here comes this wonderful boy. A game changer!!!!! BRAVO, Kyle!!!!

  • Iskander B.
    06/29/2019 14:26

    In Algeria students pay like 15$ that covers their lunch everyday for 1 school year !

  • Samuel W.
    06/28/2019 13:14

    If prisoners in jail get 3 free meals a day Kids in school should get a free lunch No questions no discussions

  • Kwabena A.
    06/26/2019 23:23

    That's do kind of you.keep it up.

  • Evrly A.
    06/25/2019 02:56

    Good job 🏆⭐

  • Ruby Y.
    06/24/2019 14:23

    Actually its a Presidential Decree that is added in our constitution where poor countries adapted it. Its not shaming lawmakers and legislation its just a common sense. Poor children dont really have money for their lunch specially children who really want school their parent send them to school despite their family skip meals at home at least it stays only them knows but they go to school and they dont have money their friends care even share what they have. Its an eye opening for parents are lucky enough to afford lunch in the school. Phlippines at least improved they give pantawid pamilya program which poor families can augment their income by the number of school children they have. Not like before many children cannot attend even elementary school. Check poor countries school program. It has change because of that International Policy No School Children Left Behind.

  • Brut
    06/24/2019 13:33

    What is lunch shaming?

  • Sukruth R.
    06/24/2019 07:00

    Denied lunch? I'm happy to say that even though we might be a developing country We can afford to provide free lunch to children in school. A hot meal at that

  • Esther B.
    06/24/2019 05:14

    Good gesture. Keep it going. You'll make the change...

  • Masakyo R.
    06/24/2019 01:20

    The wealthiest and most powerful country has the costliest healthcare system........this has to change!!

  • Oughty H.
    06/23/2019 22:53

    Denied lunch ? To a child? What is this world coming to, so sad that this beautifull innocent soul has to solve this problem, children should never have to suffer OR denied lunch!!

  • Francis M.
    06/23/2019 22:23

    Good job kid god bless you 😍

  • Jeri W.
    06/23/2019 12:28

    Great story, hope they do change the law! 👍😍🙏

  • Ruby Y.
    06/23/2019 08:32

    If a country is advocating No School Children should be Left Behind that means that goes to everbody even the poor who dont have money to spend school lunch then the government has to provide lunch be included in every public school program.

  • Vera B.
    06/23/2019 01:35

    No child should have a food debt, this is sickening

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