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Two-thirds of Granite School District students rely on school breakfast and lunch for nourishment

Posted at 7:18 AM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 09:18:56-04

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — The Granite School District is asking for the public’s help in making sure none of its students go hungry.

Food insecurity became an issue as the coronavirus pandemic disrupted schools in March.

The district saw a 300 percent increase in the number of its students who were struggling to have enough food.

Around 54 percent of students in the district live at or below the poverty level and around 65 percent rely on school to get their meals for the day.

Although school is back in session, the Granite Education Foundation is asking for donations to be prepared in case schools do have to close again.

“We can always use more help,” said Justin Anderson, the chief marketing officer for the GEA. “If you want to make a contribution please know that your money will go to a very, very good cause. We are feeding these impoverished kids, these families that don’t have anywhere else to go.”

The GEA is asking for support from the community to help meet the needs of schools, students and communities in a variety of ways.

If you'd like to make a donation you can visit the Granite Education Foundation website.