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Chobani to pay off $85,000 in lunch debt for Idaho school district
Twin Falls, Idaho – Yogurt company Chobani has offered to pay off $85,000 in student lunch debt at an Idaho school district. The Twin Falls School District announced Tuesday that the donation would cover the debt acquired by more than 900 students during the last school year. The New York-based company operates a plant in Twin Falls. District spokeswoman Eva Craner said the school system still has about $115,000 in lunch debt from previous years. So Chobani’s donation will help ease that burden for this school year.
The Twin Falls School District serves roughly 5,600 lunches and 2,100 breakfasts per day throughout the school year, according to Craner. She said the schools make sure students are fed even if they don’t have money in their lunch accounts. Chobani said in a statement that it reached out to the Idaho district in May at around the time it paid off lunch debt for schools in Warwick, Rhode Island. In that case the Warwick district had announced in May that students who couldn’t pay for lunch would receive sunflower butter and jelly sandwiches until they can pay off their debt.
Some students at an Idaho school district won’t have to worry about their lunch debt as they head into summer vacation. Chobani offered to pay off Twin Falls School District’s more than $85,000 lunch debt that accrued over the 2018-2019 school year. School officials said Wednesday the district is often forced to cover students’ lunch debt. Twin Falls School District serves about 5,600 lunches and 2,100 breakfast to students per day throughout the school year. Chobani said in a statement to FOX Business on Thursday that part of its mission is to provide better food to communities.
The announcement comes a month after Chobani also offered to pay off the student lunch debt for Warwick Public Schools in Rhode Island. The district initially received backlash after officials announced it will start serving cold sandwiches instead of hot lunches to students who owe lunch money. The Greek yogurt producer reportedly donated $47,650 to help diminish the debt. Chobani CEO addressed the school’s lunch debt on Twitter, saying it was heartbreaking to hear the news.
Chobani has paid off another school district’s lunch debt
Yogurt maker Chobani will wipe out the outstanding lunch balances accumulated over the school year in the Twin Falls School District in Idaho. The school district said Chobani is donating $85,000 to cover students’ unpaid debt. Twin Falls is home to a large Chobani facility, which the company says is the largest yogurt plant in the world. The Twin Falls School District serves about 5,600 lunches and 2,100 breakfasts every day during the school year. Spokeswoman Eva Craner told CNN that all students get a regular lunch, even if they have a lunch debt.
She said that several schools offer free lunches to all of their students. She said the district has more than $115,000 in unpaid debt from previous years. In May, the company paid the debts of low-income students in Warwick, Rhode Island, after schools there announced that they would serve sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwiches to kids with unpaid balances. Chobani covered $47,650 of the district’s $77,000 debt and donated cups and yogurt to the schools.
Chobani offers to pay another school district’s lunch debt
Posted Jun 14, 7:47 AM. TWIN FALLS, Idaho – Yogurt company Chobani has offered to pay off $85,000 in student lunch debt at an Idaho school district. The Twin Falls School District announced Tuesday that the donation would cover the debt acquired by more than 900 students during the last school year. Chobani is headquartered in Chenango County, where it employs 1,000 people. District spokeswoman Eva Craner says the school system still has about $115,000 in lunch debt from previous years.
Craner says the schools make sure students are fed even if they don’t have money in their lunch accounts. The company says in a statement that it reached out to the district in May at around the time it paid off lunch debt for schools in Warwick, Rhode Island. Chobani donates after district planned jelly sandwiches for kids with lunch debt. The district implemented the policy amid a budget shortfall.
9-year-old boy pays off entire school lunch debt for his class after saving his allowance
A 9-year-old boy in California used his allowance money to pay off school lunch debts for his entire third-grade class, KGO-TV/ABC7 News reported. When Ryan Kirkpatrick, a student at West Park Elementary School, learned that some kids cannot afford lunch at school and have to take on debt, he wanted to make a difference, according to his mom, Kylie Kirkpatrick. ADVERTISEMENT. Ryan asked his mom to find out how much his peers at his own school owed for lunches, and his mom discovered it was about $74.50. The price of school lunches range from 30 cents to $3.25 each.
Ryan would usually use his allowance money to buy sports gear, like autographed baseballs, but he gave it to the school anonymously. Students with negative accounts are still given hot meals at lunchtime at the school, according to ABC News..