Com­pany to aid stu­dents of­fered jelly sand­wiches

The News-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

The yo­gurt com­pany Chobani plans to pay the school lunch debts of low-income fam­i­lies with stu­dents at­tend­ing a dis­trict that made head­lines by an­nounc­ing chil­dren who owe money would get cold sun­flower but­ter and jelly sand­wiches in­stead of a hot meal.

The of­fice of War­wick, R.I., Mayor Joseph Solomon said it is co­or­di­nat­ing with Chobani to ac­cept nearly $50,000, the amount owed by low-income fam­i­lies with chil­dren in War­wick Public Schools.

Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya tweeted Thurs­day that as a parent, the news broke his heart. Ac­cess to nu­tri­tious food should be a right, not a priv­i­lege, he said.

Chobani was but one of the busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions that of­fered to do­nate money to the dis­trict, of­fi­cials said.

War­wick Public Schools had said it was owed $77,000 and couldn’t as­sume more debt, spark­ing a public back­lash and up­set­ting the mayor, who asked the school com­mit­tee to re­con­sider. It later re­versed the de­ci­sion.

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