Donations help feed Utah students in need during the holidays

Posted at 9:05 PM, Dec 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-18 23:05:00-05

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – About 90 percent of students at a West Valley City elementary school receive free or reduced-cost meals, and a local business stepped in to make sure the students at the school are fed during the holidays.

Officials were concerned that students at Redwood Elementary School wouldn’t be getting the meals they needed during the holidays, as school will not be in session.

Green River Capital stepped in to replace the meals the children would have got from the school during the break. Scott Karren of Green River Capital explained.

“There's one box per child, so we have 775 boxes, each box contains 22 meals,” Karren said. “That's two meals a day for the 11 days that they would have gotten were they here at school."

The boxes contain child-friendly foods like macaroni and cheese. Principal Leslie Bell said the gift made the children and their parents happy.

“They are grateful, and a lot of them are overwhelmed,” She said. “If you look at their faces as they're getting the boxes, you know, tears in their eyes and just really grateful that the needs of their kids are being met during the holiday season."

Payless Shoe Source also donated shoes to students at the school.