Yogurt company will pay school lunch debt for students offered jelly sandwiches
In this May 19, 2017 file photo, students line up for lunch at a middle school in Sandy, Utah. (Laura Seitz / The Deseret News via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, May 10, 2019 12:52PM EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The yogurt company Chobani says it will pay the school lunch debt of students in a district that made headlines by offering the kids cold sunflower butter and jelly sandwiches instead of a hot meal.
The mayor's office confirmed Friday it's co-ordinating with Chobani to accept nearly US$50,000 for Warwick Public Schools. Other businesses and organizations had offered to donate.
Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya said in a tweet Thursday that as a parent, the news broke his heart. He says access to nutritious food should be a right, not a privilege.
The district had said it was owed $77,000 and couldn't assume more debt. It later reversed the decision.