Smith's Donates $70,000 to East High Food Pantry
Smith’s Food and Drug Stores is joining forces with East High School and the Salt Lake Education Foundation to ensure that students and their families don’t go hungry. Smith's today donated $70,000 to the Leopard Stash, a food pantry designed to help low-income students at East High School. Approximately 60% of East High School students live at or below the poverty line, including nearly 100 students experiencing homelessness. This means that roughly 1,300 – 1,500 East High students and their families are food insecure. The pantry will be stocked with life-sustaining foods, including fresh produce, dairy and meat.
“The East High School pantry will help our students be successful by helping them focus on school, not on worrying about where their next meal is coming from,” said Dr. Lexi Cunningham, Salt Lake City School District Superintendent. “We are deeply grateful for Smith’s and for their generosity and support. We are proud to welcome them into the Salt Lake City School District family.”
“No child in the community we serve should ever go hungry, and no food in a store we operate should ever go to waste,” said Aubriana Martindale, Smith’s Corporate Affairs Manager. “Smith’s seeks to give back to our communities in a meaningful way.”
Smith’s Food & Drug Stores is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest retail grocers. Smith’s visionary Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan is aimed at ending hunger in the communities Smith’s calls home, and eliminating waste across the company by 2025, in keeping with the company’s Purpose to Feed the Human Spirit. Visit link to Smith's for more information.