Food insecurity is a growing epidemic among many families in Granite School District. Approximately 1 out of 5 students doesn’t get adequate nutrition.
In response to the plight, Granite Education Foundation is ramping up efforts to meet student nutrition needs by partnering with Utah Food Bank to implement mobile food pantries across the district. The most recent pantry was established this week for Woodrow Wilson Elementary.
The pantry – a large truck stocked with food items – will be at the school once a month, during which time students and their families can receive free food items. With 80 percent of students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary that qualify for free or reduced lunch, the Foundation expects the mobile food pantry to be substantial boon to the community.
Granite Education Foundation is also seeking business partners to assist in sponsoring the program at other schools in Granite School District. The goal is to reach 20 elementary and high schools next year.