Philando Castile Charity Covers Entire School District’s Lunch Debt

Two years after he was fatally shot by a police officer in Mn,   Philando Castile is still helping college students afford lunch.

A charity created within Castile’ s honor   has paid off the lunch financial debt for every student in the 56 colleges in the St . Paul Public College District,   including the school exactly where Castile worked as a cafeteria manager.

“ That means no parent from the 37, 000 kids who eat foods at school need worry about how you can pay that overdue debt, ” a charity organizer wrote over the “ Philando Feeds the Children” fundraising web page .

Castile had worked like a cafeteria supervisor at the J. L. Hill Montessori Magnet School within St . Paul for two years at that time he was killed.

Families mentioned students at the school took their death especially hard.

In 2017, around the anniversary of Castile’ t death, families of children at M. J. Hill  told the Pioneer Press that Castile often high-fived students and helped them with their own lunches.

“ It’ s something to say he was a good man, and it’ s another thing to find out he was a good guy, ” Eisen Ramgren, a student’ h parent, told the St . John newspaper.

Pam Fergus, an mentor who launched the charity, told CNN   she delivered the $35, 000 check to the St Paul Public School District recently.   The charity, which recently had an original goal of raising $5, 000, now has more than $117, 500 in donations , according to the YouCaring page. The funds will keep pay for student lunches “ for a long time to come, ” Fergus wrote in the fundraising update .

Fergus told Fox nine News that Castile was known at his college for paying for students’ lunches if they couldn’ t afford it.

“ Philando was famous for that, ” she said. “ His mom told me that every day he would contact her after leaving his work at J. J. Hill plus talk about the kids.   Another child didn’ t have the money in his accounts, so Philando would take $3 out of his pocket and buy that will kid’ s lunch for the day. ”  

Within July 2016, St . Anthony Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot and killed Castile after pulling him more than for a broken taillight in a St Paul suburb.

Yanez maintained which he thought Castile was reaching for your weapon,   while Diamond Reynolds, Castile’ s girlfriend who shot the traffic stop from the traveler seat, said he was achieving for his wallet.

Footage of the incident from a police dash cam plus Reynolds’ camera shows Castile steadly telling Yanez he had a gun. After the shooting, Reynolds said Yanez had just asked Castile pertaining to his license and registration, including that Castile was licensed to transport.

Castile’ s death sparked nationwide protests   against police violence following the shooting and again after Yanez was discovered not guilty of manslaughter .

Since the charity has reached more than its fundraising goal,   Fergus hopes it can continue to raise cash for more schools in Minnesota.  

“ I don’ t understand how much it would take to help the entire state of Minnesota, ” Fergus told CNN. “ There is no objective. Basically, I want a million bucks inside. ”