Chobani offers to pay off $85,000 in Idaho school district student lunch debt
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Yogurt company Chobani is offering to pay off $85,000 in student lunch debt at an Idaho school district. 

The Twin Falls school district announced earlier this week that the donation would cover the debt that more than 900 students accrued during this past school year, The Associated Press reported

"From year to year students often accumulate debt that the district is forced to cover and cannot spend in other ways to improve education," district spokeswoman Eva Craner said in a statement, adding that the New York-based yogurt company's donation would help ease a burden. 

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Craner said the school system has acquired about $115,000 in lunch debt from previous years. 

“Better food for more people is our mission, and no one deserves that more than children," Chobani said in a statement to Fox Business. "When we learned just how pervasive this issue is, we knew we needed to help raise awareness and eliminate this issue. Our communities are at the heart of everything we do, so we’re honored to do our part here in our backyard."

The Twin Falls school system serves more than 5,500 lunches and about 2,100 breakfasts to students each day during the school year. Craner said every school ensures each student is fed, even if they do not have the required money in their lunch account. 

The planned donation from Chobani comes about a month after CEO Hamdi Ulukaya offered to pay off student lunch debts in a Rhode Island school district. Ulukaya made the offer after the Warwick Public Schools District faced backlash for saying students who owe lunch money would only be served cold sun butter and jelly sandwiches until their balances were paid.

The yogurt giant donated nearly $50,000 to pay off the student lunch debts, The Providence Journal reported. 

“No child should be facing anything like this,” Ulukaya said in a video shared to Twitter at the time. “I know it breaks our hearts. It breaks many people’s hearts and we need to step up.”