To help meet the food needs of students, Salt Lake Education Foundation with Smith’s Food & Drug is providing over 4,000 meals to feed young people in need who may be food insecure or negatively impacted as a result of inflation and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Approximately 1 in 9 children in Utah struggle with hunger and are unable to concentrate, have poor attendance and suffer anxiety. These students often fall behind academically, drop out before graduation, exhibit behavior problems and experience substance abuse issues.
“We help provide solutions to the needs of these students with partners like Smith’s,” said James Yapias, Director of Development Office & Salt Lake Education Foundation. “Our Foundation is appreciative of Smith’s continued support.”
The donation from Smith’s Food & Drug Stores supports the company’s visionary Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan which is aiming to end hunger in communities and eliminate waste across the company by 2025.
“Smith’s is eager to support school children who have been disproportionately impacted by food insecurities,” said Aubriana Martindale, Smith’s Corporate Affairs Manager. “We are proud to support the mission of Salt Lake Education Foundation by providing meals to help nourish students and allow them to focus on their future.”