Just one month after Chobani made national headlines for paying off thousands of dollars in unpaid school lunch debt, the yogurt company is repeating their good deed for yet another school district.
Chobani has just announced that they are donating $85,000 to the Twin Falls School District in Idaho as a means of paying off its outstanding cafeteria debts.
The donation will help to wipe out the debts of 900 students with unpaid cafeteria account balances over the course of the last year.
The company says that they were inspired to pay off the district’s lunch debt since Idaho also happens to be the home of Chobani’s massive yogurt facility – which is reportedly the largest yogurt factory in the world.
Twin Falls School District spokeswoman Eva Craner says that the district has racked up so much debt over the years because their schools will always give away free, healthy meals to their students regardless of their account balance.
She told CNN: “If a student gets in the lunch line and wants lunch, they’ll be fed.”
“From year to year, students often accumulate debt that the district is forced to cover and cannot spend in other ways to improve education,” Craner added in a statement. “Chobani recently learned of the debt owed in its own backyard and wanted to relieve this burden to the community.”
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