Chobani CEO Pays Off School Lunch Debts After Learning Kids Would Have To Eat Cold Sandwiches
The CEO of Chobani donated almost $50,000 to pay off student lunch debts at a school district in Rhode Island.
Warwick Public Schools in Rhode Island faced about $77,000 in outstanding lunch fees this year. It announced a new plan in an attempt to collect the money: Students with outstanding debts would be limited to eating “sun butter and jelly” sandwiches.
The decision caused an enormous outcry, and it caught the attention of one dad with a conscience and the means to help. Hamdi Ulukaya, the CEO and founder of Chobani, donated $47,650 from the company to settle the debts.
More donations also poured in from public crowdfunding efforts.