SALT LAKE CITY — As students, parents, teachers and administrators adapt to new challenges brought on this school year, one problem that continues to grow is food insecurity.

Granite School District reported it saw an over 300% increase in need when it comes to food in March and April.

“Prior to coronavirus, food insecurity was already an issue all of our schools faced to some degree,” said Brent Severe, CEO of the Granite Education Foundation. “The pandemic has only exacerbated the need as unemployment drastically changed and the anxiety over possible job loss and the ability for families to meet their daily needs.”

The school pantry program through the Granite Education Foundation helps to provide hygiene, snack, dinner and weekend kits for students in need to take home.

This week, local grocer, “Associated Food Stores” donated 500 packets of oatmeal and 500 KIND bars to help provide relief and support as the new school year begins.

Severe believes, “More than ever we are in need of the support from the broad community. Every child deserves to come to school and focus on learning rather than wondering where their next meal is coming from.”

Education leaders are calling on the community to help support students in need by providing donations. To learn more, click here.

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