John Fox makes a match for education 

The software developer and Mission district resident started Plus One For Schools. The group is holding an event Sunday at Precita Park, where people can purchase food from a cart and donate $1 to schools. The donation will be matched by the food vendor.

Tell me about Plus One For Schools. It’s an attempt to create a sustainable fundraising mechanism for underfunded schools. The general idea is if you can support a school as part of your everyday purchases, you could connect people in the community to schools. 

When did you arrive at the idea? A couple months ago I was at a parent meeting and looking at some very severe budget cuts.

Why food carts? The food from food carts can be rather cheap, considering the quality. You pay $5 or $6 for a plate of food that can be way better than you’d get going to a regular restaurant because they have no overhead. Because people are getting a good deal, there’s an opportunity to say well, why not put $1 toward something you care about — especially if the vendor’s going to match it.

If this is successful, will you continue? Yes. Doing this one time, one Sunday afternoon, might raise $500 or $600, so this has to be something we’ll do once a month. 

— Katie Worth

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