Chobani paying off lunch debt at Rhode Island school district

Several other businesses and organizations have offered to help pay the lunch debt.

Posted: May 10, 2019 10:50 AM
Updated: May 10, 2019 5:41 PM

NEW BERLIN, N.Y. -- Chobani Yogurt paying off thousands of dollars in debt so a school district in Rhode Island can offer all of its students healthy meals.

Unpaid lunch debts from low-income students put the school $77,000 in the red.

Chobani's donation comes in response to reports that children on free or reduced lunch would be given a "jelly" sandwich, instead of a hot meal – until their debt is paid.

"I know it breaks our heart; it breaks many people's heart. It breaks many people's heart, and we need to step up. We'll take care of this school's bill, because everybody at Chobani was heartbroken,” said Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya

Chobani is also pledging to donate cups and bottles of its Greek yogurt to the school.

The Chenango County company is also giving big to its own community.

A nearly $1 million donation, from Chobani, to build a new firehouse and community center.

Chobani's donation is one of several coming from the state, local businesses, a bank and insurance company.

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