Boy asks mom for extra lunch for needy classmate

School Lunch

(RNN) – A New Mexico mother said she is proud of her son after she found out why he had been requesting two lunches since school started.

When she asked if he was full and why he needed two lunches, Josette Duran’s son told her what he had been doing with the extra lunch. 

“He said ‘No mom, it’s for this little boy at school and he sits by himself and all he eats is a fruit cup,'” Duran told KCCI

The other little boy’s mom tried to give her some money when she found out he had been feeding her son, but Duran turned it down. 

“She said ‘I know this isn’t much, but I just got a job and I know you’ve been feeding my son,'” she said.

The school’s volleyball team also raised money for Duran, who coaches the team, but Duran said she took the funds to the school lunchroom to pay the bills of the needy students who were behind on their lunch tabs. 

Duran said she and her son were once homeless and living out of a vehicle and she has never forgotten what it was like to be in need of the basics.