John Legend Helps Seattle School Lunch Program


FILE - In this March 2, 2016, file photo, John Legend arrives at the LA Premiere of "Underground" in Los Angeles. With the expanding number of TV and online platforms, more stars are adding the power role of producer to their resumes. For Legend, Sean Hayes and Joanne Froggatt, the motivation ranges from passion projects to career control. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) ORG XMIT: NYET707
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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.

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