The eight year old was saddened when his friend couldn’t afford a hot lunch.

Cayden Taipalus, saw his friend receive a cheese sandwich instead of a hot lunch because his lunch fund was short.

His mother, Amber Melke-Peters said, he went home that day and was clearly upset about the lunch situation. He confronted his mother and asked her how he could help his friends so this would never happen again.

Then with the help of his mother, he came up with a web page aimed at fundraising called, “Pay It Forward: No Kid Goes Hungry.” He then asked family, friends, and neighbors to help him raise money to pay off debts for his friend’s lunches.

Cayden also went around recycling so that he could raise a little bit of money on his own.

After paying off his friends lunch debts, he requested that the lunch ladies would add funds into the children’s accounts who needed money so that they would never have to worry again.

He raised nearly $7,000 which purchased hot lunches for more than 300 students. That was in 2014, he continues to do this so that no child would ever be denied a hot lunch again.

“I am so very proud of my son,” Peters said. “He is only 8 years old and to grasp the concept around this is just amazing in my eyes. He has a heart of gold.”

What an amazing young man. Good on you, Cayden!

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  • that is one thoughtful little child there! he is setting a great example for others


  • If this was my son, I’d be very proud! God bless!


  • This young boy has put to shame adults who should be looking after their own children better. Home-made lunches are not a luxury. Parents who cannot afford hot canteen lunches could still make their children something from home.


  • Keep in mind the American system is very different around how school lunches are provided. His parents must be very proud.


  • What a beautiful act of kindness of Cayden !
    We don’t have money for lunches from the canteen either and I’m happy to make my kids a nice varied lunch. A hot lunch isn’t necessary as my kids get a hot dinner at home.


  • Most kids are given lunch from home, not bought at the school canteen. You can make 3 or 4 days lunches for school for waht you pay for one. Families on low incomes give their children lunch – not luxuries – homemade sandwichs, other food of their choice, even leftovers they love and homemade muffins, slices or something similar. At least their Mums know what is in them. In Winter we used to have a hot pie or pastie on Mondays. Back then there was no fresh bread on Mondays.


  • What an amazing young man,his mother would be so proud.


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