80°F
weather icon Partly Cloudy

Chobani to pay school lunch debt in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Yogurt company Chobani says it will pay the school lunch debt of low-income families with students attending a Rhode Island school district.

Warwick Public Schools made national news when it announced this week that children in families who owe money for school lunches would get cold sunflower butter and jelly sandwiches instead of a hot meal.

The district said it was owed $77,000 and couldn’t assume more debt. The district later reversed the decision.

Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya said in a statement Thursday that as a parent, the news broke his heart. He says access to nutritious food should be a right, not a privilege.

The mayor’s office confirmed Friday it’s coordinating with Chobani to accept nearly $50,000, the amount owed by low-income families.

Other businesses and organizations have offered to donate.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
White House ‘afflicted by mental retardation,” says Iran’s president

Iran on Tuesday sharply criticized new U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader and other top officials, saying the measures spell the “permanent closure” for diplomacy between the two nations.

Social network for knitters bans Trump talk on its website

A free, 8-million strong social network for knitters, crocheters and others in the fiber arts has banned talk of President Donald Trump and his administration.