John Legend Helps Seattle School Lunch Program

Ten-time Grammy winner, John Legend, donated $5,000 to help alleviate school-meal debts in Seattle. Jeff Lew organized a GoFundMe campaign in order to help erase the nearly $21,000 total school lunch debt at 99 Seattle public schools.

Over the weekend, he was quite surprised to see that someone named John Stephens, had donated $5,000. He told the Seattle Times that he thought Stephens was the award-winning singer Legend, but he wanted to send him a ‘personalized note’ to confirm. In an email, Lew thanked the donor and ended it with: ‘By the way, are you also known as John Legend? Regardless of who you are or not, thank you. You’ve helped a lot.’ Legend, who said he saw the campaign on Twitter, responded back: ‘Yes, it’s me.’ Lew created the campaign about three weeks ago and the $5,000 donation is the largest amount contributed by a single donor.

As of Monday afternoon, the campaign has raised more than $34,000. On Sunday evening, Legend also responded to Lew’s tweet that thanked him for the donation.