The CEO of Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya donated almost $50,000 to pay off student lunch debts at a school district in Rhode Island.
This was after the Warwick Public Schools in Rhode Island announced that students with outstanding debts would be limited to eating “sun butter and jelly” sandwiches only.
The school collectively racked up around $77,000 in outstanding lunch fees this year, and the plan was announced in a bid to try and pay back that debt.
The announcement understandably provoked many and caused a very public outcry with people pointing out how cruel it is to punish kids for their parents’ financial situations.
This caught the attention of one dad in particular and tugged deeply at his heartstrings. Fortunately, this dad, the CEO and founder of Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya, was a very wealthy man who had the ability to help out.
He ended up donating $47,650 from the company to settle the debts.
“As a parent, this news breaks my heart. For every child, access to naturally nutritious and delicious food should be a right, not a privilege. When our children are strong, our families are stronger. And when our families are strong, our communities are stronger.” Hamdi said in a statement, according to WGNO.
The CEO also called on other businesses to take similar action to solve the food insecurity crisis in America.
business must do its part.. our responsibility as members of community. who will join us? pic.twitter.com/6HOTjDE4CX
— Hamdi Ulukaya (@hamdiulukaya) May 9, 2019
Apart from the donation, the CEO also encouraged other businesses to take similar action and said that his company is working to bring attention to the national crisis of food insecurity among students.
Hamdi’s act of kindness sparked off the setting up of several GoFundMe pages to help settle the lunch debts, and they raised tens of thousands of dollars.
What a kind and generous man! We hope he inspires you to spread a little kindness and compassion today.