SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Granite School District unveiled a new food pantry Friday to serve the 67 schools in the district. The new truck is the fourth in the fleet and aims aid students struggling with hunger.
Sixty-five percent of the students in Granite School District live below the poverty line and three out of every five students worries about food. This new truck is an effort to keep those children fed.
Linda Moriartti is the Assistant Superintendent of Granite School District, she said, “To acknowledge that children can’t learn when they’re hungry is not always taken seriously, not just in Utah but in a larger world community.”
The truck has been paid for by Granite Credit Union and the Granite Education Foundation. It’s name is Rocky, after Granite School District.
Mobile food pantries have more flexibility than pantries on individual school sites. They don’t close at the end of the school year. Over the 2017 summer, mobile food pantries delivered 90,000 meals, but with the addition of Rocky, the Utah Food Bank anticipates delivering 120,000 meals in the Granite School District over the 2018 summer.
They are also able to go where they are needed most. Moriartti said, “What prevents people from taking advantage of the resources that are available? In this case, it’s that simple, the food needs to be on wheels so it can go where the people are.”
Rocky weighs 33,000 lbs when fully loaded.