When this Seattle dad found out about the issue children across the country are currently facing, he was determined to put an end to it.
Jeffrey Lew stumbled upon an article online which expressed how children with no cash or funds to pay for their school lunches, are being tracked by the school and put into debt, for invoices to then be sent to their families.
In some cases, schools take lunches away from those kids who cannot afford to pay for it, or trade their hot meals for cold ones. This whole issue has been dubbed “school lunch shaming”, and Jeffrey Lew “was determined to do something about it.”
Lew, who is father to children aged 9, 4 and 2, found out about lunch debt when he got an invoice of $97.10 for his son’s school. Expressing his thoughts – “It’s devastating! It boggles my mind that a child can accrue a debt at school,” he decided to then take action.
It was in May that Lew set up a Go Fund Me campaign to help the issue surrounding this debt and pay off all school debt in Seattle Public Schools. At the time, the total debt was was $20,531.79, and Lew’s goal was to make $50,000.
Lew met his goal, plus more, and after such success, he decided to help pay off the debts in the surrounding school districts in Tacoma, Spokane, Renton, and Clover Park. In the five school districts, he has paid off over $100,000.
“This issue is important to me because I really feel passionate about helping students just do their best in school and not have to worry about having food to eat,” said Lew.
“I believe we should have universal lunches. We give (prison) inmates three meals a day, and they’ve been convicted of crimes against our community. We force our students to stay in school yet lunches are not automatically provided for them. These are innocent little children that should only worry about studying and doing their best, not worrying if they will go hungry the rest of their school day because they don’t have the funds to pay for a decent lunch.”
Since discovering this issue, Lew has continued to do more research and contact more school districts to see what their lunch debt total is.
Along with his friend, Stephen Medawar, the two have created the website LunchDebt.org to help combat this issue and support larger campaigns across the country in regards to lunch debt.
The pair launched a campaign whereby their goal was to eliminate student lunch debt for the entire state of Washington.
On top of combatting this issue, Lew really hopes that one day his children will be proud of the actions he has taken for the benefit of their hometown. “I want them to know that I did this for them,” he said.
“So they will be encouraged to always do good for their community whenever and wherever they see fit and to always be kind. Because being kind is something you will never regret.”
Which Celeb Has The Best House In The Hamptons?
The Hamptons is a favorite summer location for many famous people. Here’s a look inside the incredible Hamptons homes of the stars! Let’s see who has the most expensive, luxurious house of them all.
Sarah Jessica Parker – $4.6 million
Both Sarah and her husband, Matthew Broderick, have a pretty jam-packed schedule, so having a quaint little cottage to escape to is a good investment. Their Hamptons home is beautiful and classic on the outside with a modern interior. This is a perfect combination and one that fits the Parker-Broderick family. With a beautiful patio, it is very easy to see why this power couple like to while away their summers (when they can) at this beautiful home.
Paris Hilton – $175 million
It should be no surprise that this young entrepreneur doesn’t have to worry about money. So it is also no surprise that she loves to spend time in her family’s mansion in the Hamptons. This home was once part of the Ford estate but found its way into the Hilton family in the 90s. The home sits on three acres and gives its owner fantastic ocean views. You can even rent it out if Paris isn’t staying in it all you have to do is drop a cool $450,000 for the summer.
Ellen Pompeo – $1 million
Located in the beautiful Sag Harbor area of the Hamptons, the Grey’s Anatomy star fell in love with this beautiful farmhouse style home. The home sits on 8+ acres and has been renovated to make it a perfect combination of quaint and contemporary. The home itself is 2,400 square feet and features an open floor plan.
Jennifer Lopez – $10 million
The singer, actress, and fashion icon lives just around the corner from her beautiful Hamptons mansion. Being so close means she can spend a lot of time on those 3 acres of beautifully landscaped property. The home is a large estate that has amenities like a steam room, and a home theater. It is designed with several bedrooms and bathrooms. Plus, it has a pool house. It seems like J-Lo has everything she needs to make her and her family’s stay in the Hamptons amazing.
Sean Combs – $2.5 million
This amazing modern home located in East Hampton has a beautiful seafront view. These views can be taken in from anywhere in the home, thanks to the open floor plan and giant windows. Diddy loves to throw parties, and one of his most famous is the White Parties. These parties are legendary and have helped contribute to the popularity of this part of the Hamptons.
Robert de Niro – $2.7 million
You looking at me! That’s right; even this Oscar-winning tough guy needs a little downtime. The perfect place to do that is in the home his father left him. The home that was left was a beautiful 2000 plus square foot home. But de Niro feeling it is a bit too large just got permission last year to tear it down and rebuild a more modest two-story home.
Dick Cavett – $48.5 million
This celebrity may be known for his legendary talk show, but what he likes to do now is relax in his 7000 square foot home in Montauk. He and his wife have owned the home since the 1960s but put the property up for sale just last year. The home sits on 20 acres and has a spectacular garden, a beautiful pool, and sits on the beach. In fact, that section of the beach has come to be known as Cavett’s Cove.
Bethenny Frankel – $3.2 million
The Real Housewives is a massive hit, and one of its biggest stars is Bethenny Frankel. This entrepreneur and reality television star lives in New York, which is a hop, skip, and a jump to her Hampton home. Her home in the Hamptons is called Morning Glory House and is in Bridgehampton. This beautiful home sits on half an acre of land and once was a bed and breakfast. Renovated and designed to Bethenny’s taste, it is now a great place for her to entertain friends and family.
Betsey Johnson – $1.5 million
Quirky and unique are words associated with the fashion giant Betsey Johnson, and when it comes to her East Hampton Village home, they are also accurate. The interior of this home is designed with care and attention to Betsey’s creative flair. The outside portrays the classic Hampton cottage vibe, and the land the home sits on is beautiful as well.
Paul McCartney – $1 million
This Hampton home doesn’t quite seem like a home that a rock and roll legend would invest in, but looks can be deceiving. Over a decade ago, the frontman of the Beatles and the living legend, Paul McCartney, purchased this quaint, unimposing property. It may seem simple on the outside, but the interior is laden with tons of music memorabilia. With its beautiful backyard and pool, it is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.
Ralph Lauren – $16 million
The fashion icon has been dressing us for over half a century and has accumulated several homes. One of his favorites is the Hamptons home he owns in Montauk. Just down the street from one of our other celebrities, Robert de Niro, this home has an atmosphere and some pretty cool neighbors. Sitting on a good size piece of land, the mansion is surrounded by lush foliage and well-kept lawns perfect for a summer getaway.
Howard Stern – $15.1 million
The Hamptons are typically a summer getaway, but nothing Howard Stern ever does is normal. So he and his wife Beth actually make this 3 acre home their permanent residence. The house is 16,000 square feet and has a bowling alley, a wine tasting room, and a heap of bedrooms and bathrooms. Not to mention you can literally stroll to the ocean anytime you want!
Rachel Ray – $4.5 million
Talk show host and celebrity chef Rachel Ray also owns a home in the Hamptons. Her beautiful home is located in Southampton and sits on 6 acres of land. The entire house is delightfully designed, but the kitchen is the heart of the place. It makes sense since Rachel likes to cook up yummy food for a living and relaxation. The magical property though, has been reported to be up for sale.
Paul Simon – $10.5 million
This iconic music legend has had a house in the Hamptons for a long time. His quaint cottage home is located in Montauk, and it has plenty of the lavish amenities you would expect from any of these celebrities. The outside is traditional and simple, but inside you find a mix of old and new. Playing with the rustic beauty of the home, Simon has carefully designed his home to show his personality.
Calvin Klein – $75 million
Staying true to his trendsetting ways, Calvin Klein spends his summers in his beautiful and modern home in the Hamptons. Unlike many of the other stars on our list, he chose to purchase land and build his dream vacation home. Started in 2008, the construction finally finished last year, and now he can enjoy his Calvins as he roams around his spacious and customized home.
Anthony Scaramucci – $9 million
This entrepreneur and political consultant has had quite the couple of years. It is no wonder that he feels he needs a place he can decompress. His Water Mill home is absolutely perfect for this. It is a modern home with a stylish exterior and all the amenities you would want. Inside you will find 8 bedrooms, a theater room, and even an office used as staff quarters. When Anthony wants to step away for a bit, he has a chunk of land to roam, a pool, and a great backyard to unwind in.
Alec Baldwin – $12.5 million
Alec Baldwin is an actor who has been entertaining us for over three decades, and with that time in the limelight, he has accrued a little pocket change. Having loved the Hamptons since the mid-80s, it wasn’t until the mid-90s that Baldwin bit the bullet and purchased a large farmhouse. This farmhouse was first built in the 18th century, and so it needed a little refresh, which he did. Once he moved his family in, they updated it, but the home is still a quintessential Hampton vacation home.
Jemima Kirke – $2.3 million
Though not directly hers, this home does belong to this actresses family, and she spends a great deal of time there when relaxing in between shooting her projects. Situated in East Hampton, the home was originally constructed in 1900. With access to Gardiners Bay, the 2000 square inch home is perfect for just that. The property offers a private beach, a pool, and a spa, which makes it versatile in regards to chilling out.
Gwyneth Paltrow – $5.4 million
This Amagansett mansion was new when Paltrow purchased it in 2006. The property is a magnificent sight with its well-manicured lawns and large pool. The home itself is a 7000 square foot building that comes with a handful of bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. The interior is spectacular and has many specialized rooms, including one for the kiddos.
Tory Burch – $1 million
Fashion is subjective, but there are some designers that are just classic like Tory Burch. Making her fortune from handbags, she eventually expanded her design empire and now is wealthy enough to afford a million-dollar mansion in the Hamptons. Her home, or should we say estate, situated in Southampton. The home has a floorplan of 15,000 square feet and is architecturally designed in the Georgian style. The backyard has a magnificent garden and an expertly landscaped lawn.
Eli Manning – $8.5 million
This football all-star has plenty of bankroll after his two super bowl wins and his multiple multi-million dollar endorsements. So he chose to spend some of that cash on a beautiful oceanside Hamptons home. The home is located in Quogue. The house is 7000 square feet with five bedrooms. On top of the prime oceanfront access, the home has a large outdoor pool for those that don’t want to swim in the ocean. Nice to have choices when you’re trying to take a breath.
Anderson Cooper – $3 million
Though it is reported that he has sold the home he still used it for years to get away from it all and have a little me time. The home sits on three acres in Westhampton. The home is a beautiful home with a perfectly designed porch that wraps around the entire main house. This is ideal for long summer days lounging on a chair, reading a good book, and listening to the ocean waves. Sounds tranquil, doesn’t it?
Ramona Singer – $3.1 million
The Hamptons are rife with housewives! I mean the Real Housewives. Another star of the New York brand, Ramona Singer, also has a home in this playground of the celebrities. Her home is situated in Southampton. The house has stunning views of the water and a pristine white interior that is perfect for any socialite with style. The house itself has an outdoor pool that is heated, a bocce ball court, and so much more. That sounds like a nice way to spend a few weeks of the summer.
Stella McCartney – $1.5 million
This designing icon shares a love of the Hamptons with her famous rockstar dad. Wanting to spend some quiet time with her dad, the duo purchased this property together. Though not as lavish as some other celebrity homes, it does have that must have quality for good real estate: location, location, location. It is a large home, just a short walk from the beach.
Jerry Seinfeld – $32 million
The comedian purchased this home from Billy Joel. The price tag was definitely worth it when you look at the beautiful architecture. Though the outside is nice to look at, the true beauty happens when you walk inside the home. Featured in InStyle, this home is fitted with lavish furniture, an epic kitchen, and stellar views. No wonder the comedian jumped at the chance to invest in this Hamptons home.
Kourtney Kardashian – $13 million
Reality television stars love the Hamptons, and so it makes perfect sense that one of the Kardashian clan has a home here. Though the house was put up for sale, there will forever be a Kardashian linked to this amazing house. The large house has five rooms and a large kitchen perfect for a growing family. The rest of the house is meticulously designed and has a beautiful open floor plan. Plus, it has a lake in the backyard. What more do you want!?
Matt Lauer – $2.2 million
Purchasing Richard Gere’s home, the face of morning television now owns a residence in Sag Harbor. The property, Strongheart Manor, was built in 1902 and sits on a little over six acres of land. The pond, basketball court, and other extra amenities are perfect to lounge the summer months away. The home itself is a 14,000 square foot home with a dozen bedrooms and bathrooms. A porch runs around the home completely. This is a stunning home with beach access and a drydock. Talk about your summer vacation!
Scarlett Johansson – $2.2 million
When ScarJo is not saving the world as Black Widow, she likes to take a little time to herself while relaxing by the beachside in her Hamptons home. The modest home is designed with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a pool, a ton of balconies, and more amazing design choices. The interior is decorated to be simple and stylish. Classy might be a word you would use, but then again, we are talking about Scarlett Johansson.
Kelly Ripa – $2.4 million
Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos, have carved out amazing careers for themselves. Starting as castmates on All My Children, their romance blossomed, and they eventually married. This couple, with their children, love to spend time at the Hamptons home. Sitting on a small chin of land, their home is a farmhouse-style home that they have carefully renovated to make it perfect for them and their family. This home is also fitted with a pool and an attached hot tub, which is great for relaxing.
Neil Patrick Harris – $5.5 million
This multi-talented childhood actor turned superstar also has chosen to spend some time in the Hamptons. Along with his husband David Burtka, he bought this amazing 13.5-acre property. The house that sits on this property is a 5250 square foot wood-shingled home that screams traditional and classic taste. It is a great place to take the kids to get away from the hustle and bustle of this couples very busy life.
Louis CK – $2.4 million
The comedian has found himself at home in the Hamptons since 2014. That is when he bought a beautiful Tudor style house on Shelter Island. Once he purchased the home, he renovated the interior to make it his own. Now, the primrose style cottage is perfect for entertaining his friends and family.
Brian de Palma – $3 million
The legendary director has been bringing us epic films for a little over half a century, so he deserves a little downtime sometimes. That is what his East Hampton home is for. Sitting directly on the beach, it is a traditional Hampton house with a shingled exterior. The interior is 3500 plus square feet and comes with a heated swimming pool in the back.
Jimmy Buffett – $6.5 million
This is the summer location of Margaritaville for the singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. His North Hamptons home, which is just up the road from another celebrity, Richard Gere, is a modest-sized mansion. With 1,400 square feet and multiple bedrooms and baths, it is easy to see why Jimmy leaves Florida every year to enjoy the beauty of the Hamptons. It doesn’t seem like he will be wasting away in this Margaritaville.
Richard Gere – $36.5 million
Richard Gere could very well be wasting away in Margaritaville every weekend as his neighbor is the musician Jimmy Buffett. Though it may not feel like he’s your neighbor in the 8000 square foot home. The lakeside home is surrounded by beautiful nature and offers awe-inspiring sunsets. This is for sure, a place that screams luxury and relaxation.
Jon Bon Jovi – 7.6 million
In 2004, Bon Jovi purchased this home on Lily Pond Lane, and the rest, as they say, is history. Originally a summer home, the rocker has found himself almost becoming a local. The home is a beautiful home with all the amenities a celebrity would want. In fact, the musician loves it so much that this home inspired him to create a rose wine with his son.
Jay-Z & Beyonce – $26 million
One of the biggest and most influential couples in the world also needs a little downtime. Downtime means relaxing in their large home in the Hamptons. The house contains seven bathrooms and sits on 17 acres. Sitting lakeside, this home offers plenty of things for them and their little ones to do and has a stunning lakefront view.
Kelsey Grammer – $10 million
This is another case of the actor already selling the home, but whoever bought it sure was lucky. The home is designed with 7 bedrooms and bathrooms, a pool, tennis court, and a home theater, among other amazing amenities. The classically shingled roof home is located on almost two acres of land. Beautiful views and magnificent architecture, this home will always be remembered as Kelsey’s place.
Russell Simmons – $7 million
From Def Jam Records to FUBU, Russell Simmons is an innovator and visionary. Having all these balls in the air can be stressful, and so what a guy needs is a beautiful home in the Hamptons. He owns several homes, but this bungalow is close enough to New York that he can slip away whenever he needs a little R&R. The home has a large backyard swimming pool and plenty of space both inside and out to entertain all his famous friends.
Lorne Michaels – $3 million
Lorne Michaels has gotten a lot right. From the creation and production of Saturday Night Live to buying land in Amagansett, East Hampton, and building his own home. Taking the time to craft a house that would be tailored to his needs makes this home a unique find in the Hamptons nowadays. Lorne is a local and can be found strolling around town quite regularly. He loves to entertain friends at his amazing home.
Martha Stewart – $1.7 million
The guru of home living and cooking definitely needs a home in the Hamptons. Martha’s home in the Hamptons is located on Lily Pond Lane and is a classic cottage style home. The home itself was built in the late 19th century. Ms. Stewart, of course, took the time to renovate and get everything back to the home’s original beauty. It is surrounded by beautiful flowers, and it has a stunning and traditional wood cladding.
Reed Krakoff – $24 million
The once head honcho at Coach, Inc has stepped down, but after years of working for the company, he still needs a good place to unwind. He certainly knows how to pick the spot too! Opting to purchase a house formerly owned by the Bouvier family (that’s right; this home was once a place where Jackie Kennedy lounged). The home itself is a classic style Hampton home and sits on 6.4 acres of land. There are carefully crafted gardens, a stone pool and a main house to die for.
Robert Downey Jr. – $12 million
Robert Downey Jr. has been acting for decades and is probably most familiar to many as the dashing, billionaire superhero Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man. Though he has spent the last few years surrounded by high tech gadgetry, his taste in real life is a little more rustic. His home in the Hamptons is a traditional, and classic style windmill cottage. Where it becomes more modern is when you enter the home. The walls and rooms are fitted with modern art that reflects this quirky actor’s inner soul.
Katie Couric – $6.3 million
Katie Couric has been a staple in television news for decades, and over that time, she has certainly built a pretty hefty bank account. So what better way to spend some of that hard-earned money than purchasing a lovely two-story home in the Hamptons. This home has a beautiful pool, gardens, a tennis court, and a patio area. Crafting a perfect mix of modern and classic styles, this home is a great place for her to unwind from the rigors of the very hectic news world.
Steven Spielberg – $25 million
For decades, Steven Spielberg has been bringing us epic movies. It should be no surprise that his home in the Hamptons is just as epic. The home, though smaller than some, is a beautifully designed home that mixes contemporary with traditional seamlessly. Situated in the Georgica Pond area of the Hamptons, this home includes not only the house itself but a pool house and an outhouse, as well.
Ina Garten – $3.5 million
We are all welcomed into the Barefoot Contessa’s Hamptons home every time we watch one of her popular cooking shows. Situated in East Hampton, this compound features the main house, as well as a barn. The main house has a lavish and beautiful garden for farm to table eating, as well as an apple orchard.
Christie Brinkley – $25 million
Though this house has been on the market for a while, it is still owned by Christie. This supermodel turned fashion mogul has spent many a hot summer laid out at her home. This house, originally constructed in the 1800s, has a beachfront as well as a 5500 square foot house. The house and all of its glory sits on 4.5 acres. All of the amenities, including beach access and the pool makes this an ideal home for a fashion icon.
Julianne Moore – $1 million
This Oscar-winning actress has found a quaint home in Montauk, New York. This 1,000-square foot home is a small open cottage with beautiful wooden floors and a screened patio. The vibe of this home is simple and laid back, which is what every celebrity needs after those long hours on set. The home is close to the water so that she and her family can enjoy the time tested Hampton’s activities like kayaking and swimming.
Brooke Shields – $4.3 million
Brooke Shields loved the Hamptons and had always dreamed of owning a home there. In 2013 that dream came true when she bought this beautiful farmhouse from retired NFL tight end Vyto Kab. The home was originally constructed in the 1920s, and once Shields purchased it, she made a few changes to make it her own. The land attached to this property has beautiful gardens and grounds, as well as a pool and a pool house.
Renee Zellweger – $4.7 million
Though the actress actually no longer owns this home, at one time, this was her favorite place to while away the summers. It is probably one of the most modest homes on this list, but it is still worth taking a look at. It is an early 20th century home that sits on an acre of land. The home is surrounded by tall well-manicured hedges that offered the actress plenty of privacy.
Billy Joel – $19 million
Billy has moved on from this home, but his spirit still lingers. This amazing home was sold in 2014, and whoever bought got a good deal. For just 19 million, they got a seaside home in Sagaponack that is designed for relaxation and luxury. With wooden floors and a decked out kitchen surely, the new owners will have a ball preparing food listening to the home’s previous owners’ greatest hits.