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Why 12Stone Church plans to give $11K to pay off Hall County student lunch debt
12Stone Church has campuses in Lawrenceville, Hamilton Mill and Flowery Branch. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

Hall County Schools just got an early Christmas gift. 

The Gwinnett County megachurch, 12Stone Church, just announced its plans to donate more than $62,000 to pay off students’ school lunch debt in three metro school systems. 

The church intends to distribute $11,000 to Hall, $45,000 to Gwinnett County Public Schools and $6,000 to Barrow County Schools.

Norwood Davis, 12Stone’s chief financial officer, said the $11,000 will specifically serve a Flowery Branch cluster of schools, which includes Flowery Branch High School, C.W. Davis Middle School and Martin Elementary.

“We are so blessed to live and work in such a giving and caring community,” Cheryl Jones, Hall’s director of nutrition said. “I’m not surprised to hear that such a generous donation was made to various school districts to pay children’s meal charges.”

The donation is a part of the church’s Knock Out Hunger campaign, which aims to address food insecurity in the communities 12Stone serves. 

Davis said in addition to helping with student meal debt, the church’s members are teaming up local businesses, faith-based organizations and other community members to collect and distribute boxes of food to families.

“We’re excited that this is just the beginning of a multi-sector initiative across the region to address hunger and food insecurity,” Davis said. “We’re already in discussions with numerous organizations about expanding the program throughout the year in 2020.”