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A popular Utah grocery chain is using one of its flagship stores to tackle food waste and hunger in Salt Lake City. As part of Smith's efforts to divert waste from local landfills, the company has pledged to donate eight pallets of new unsold clothes and shoes to several local schools.

Utah students and families will now have new clothes before they head to the classroom thanks to a generous donation by Smith’s Food and Drug. Eight pallets of boxes filled with brand-new clothes were donated to help more than 2,000 students in the Granite School District.

This summer, school districts around Utah will continue the tradition of serving free school lunches even though school is not in session. At Granite School District, where 50% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch they will keep 10 school pantries open

Brooke Porter, the Communications Director for the Granite Education Foundation, joined ABC4's Nicea DeGering to talk about the summer meal program, the district offer for students who qualify for free or reduced meals.

The Harlem Wizards are a world-renowned basketball show team and you can see them here in Utah at two events, Proceeds benefit Granite Education Foundation to support students and educators in a district with over 50% of students living at or below poverty.

What started off as a small group of concerned educators, parents, philanthropists and community members in 1988— who got together because they knew the needs were growing within their school district— is now celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The Unified Police Department and the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office had their turn in spreading holiday cheer Saturday morning. Employees from both departments joined together to deliver the holiday spirit to over 100 children.

Volunteers with Granite Education Foundation were busy Tuesday. They were helping Santa with a holiday surprise for students and families in need. The Granite Education Foundation has a program called “Santa Sacks.”

This year, one organization is helping families in the Granite School District feel the magic of Christmas. To help spread Christmas cheer, the Granite Education Foundation, a nationally recognized organization, created the Santa Sack program.

The Granite Education Foundation hopes to help those in need this holiday season. Brooke Porter stopped by the 2News studio to talk about the Santa Sacks the foundation is putting together for children who would otherwise go without.

Thousands of students go without during the holiday season, especially in the Granite School District. Brent Severe, CEO of Granite Education Foundation, stopped by KSL to talk about the needs and how the community can get involved.

A pop up closet at Kearns Junior High helped provide clothes to students and families in need. Smith's Food and Drug sponsored the pop up closet, which benefited several local school in the Granite School District.

Harper's Homemade Bread is recognized by Smith's and Fox 13 News for their Zero Hunger Zero Waste efforts. Harper's generously donates bread to hundreds of students in partnership with Granite Education Foundation.

It’s not often that an elementary-aged student leaves a department store most excited about a package of new socks, but that was the case at Granite Education Foundation’s Kids Shop-A-Thon at Kohl’s in West Valley City.

The first step into a new classroom is an intimidating one, made all the harder wearing tattered shoes and hand-me-downs. In its inaugural year, Discover sponsors Granite Education Foundation’s Kids Shop-A-Thon to celebrate and provide for Granite kids.

The Granite Education Foundation recognized the needs of educators in classrooms and found a way to fill it. They support educators through classroom grants and incentives to prevent teachers from spending their own money.

The start of a new school year is filled with exciting anticipation as the back-to-school shopping is done and backpacks are filled, but not for hundreds of students at Redwood Elementary in West Valley.

One by one these small faces and little hands came to Albert Archuleta, trusting him with their head of hair as they hopped into the barber chair. Archuleta smiled and teased with them, conferring with parents about what cut they preferred for their child.

One by one these small faces and little hands came to Albert Archuleta, trusting him with their head of hair as they hopped into the barber chair. Archuleta smiled and teased with them, conferring with parents about what cut they preferred for their child to be ready for school.

At Redwood Elementary, the excitement of going back to school can often be overwhelmed by the anxiety of making ends meet. Eighty percent of the students there live at or below the poverty level.

Today on Fresh Living Caitlin sat down with Brooke Porter and Brent Severe from the Granite Education Foundation to talk about the critical issue of child hunger during summer months. The Foundation serves around 68,000 students, 65% of whom are at or below the poverty line.

A Salt Lake City management company is lending a helping hand at battling food insecurity in the Utah. The last day of school for most is one of excitement and anticipation for summer fun and freedom, but for many kids in Granite School District this time is instead filled with worry.

Students were surprised in their classrooms Tuesday with vouchers for a free meal each week of the summer at one of six Burger King locations. The vouchers were needed as 65% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch at the 10 schools that received the vouchers.

Granite School District is recognizing an "absolutely incredible kid.” Kearns High School student Keeven Wilson can add that title to his resume. The Granite School District is recognizing him for transforming his life. Back in junior high, he was getting straight F's.

A local high school tenth grader won the Granite School District’s “Incredible Kid” Award. Keven Wilson did not know he was about to receive the reward, and he did not even know the award existed. Every year since 2013, Granite has picked one student as its most “Incredible Kid."

On Tuesday, Kearns High School sophomore Keeven Wilson was named the district's Absolutely Incredible Kid. He was a straight-F student in junior high, someone who'd run'ins with police and a home life so unstable that he and his siblings were taken from their parents.

Many families in our area struggle to consistently put food on the table and it's especially hard on the children. Now a grocery store chain is teaming up with the Granite Education Foundation to do something about it.

KUTV is raising money for the annual Souper Bowl of Caring. Your donations could go to a mobile food pantry to feed Utah's hungry kids. Brent Severe, Chief Executive Officer for the Granite Education Foundation talks with Kari about what mobile food pantries do for Utah.

Eighty-six students from nine high schools in Granite School District took part in the Art Olympics. Brooke Porter, director of communications for the Granite Education Foundation, said the purpose of the Art Olympics is to give students a chance to celebrate their talents and art.

As Olympic athletes around the world prepare for Pyeongchang, student artists of Granite School District compete to stand atop the podium in their own Art Olympics. The games’ contenders are 86 artists from all nine Granite high schools with just four hours to create their masterpiece.

Granite Park Jr. High’s principal, Aaron Wilson and staff members worried that many students would go hungry over the two-week winter break. About 90% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch at school, so they created a dinner to show they cared.

When it comes to donating time and money, there are many options and opportunities in the Beehive State. To help you navigate where you can best give your money, time and goods, we've created an open list of organizations and charities that benefit those in need.

Volunteers fill thousands of Santa Sacks for needy students in Granite’s Santa Sacks workshop in South Salt Lake. The sacks include new blankets, books, socks, hats, hygiene kits, school supplies and toys for younger children, or headphones and gift cards for older students.

Some folks are lending a helping hand for students in Granite School District this holiday season and we’re learning there are a lot of students in need. Volunteers filled thousands of sacks one by one with toys, blankets, books and more at a local version of Santa’s workshop.

Rocky is the latest addition to the Mobile Food Pantry program and this one is sponsored by the Granite Education Foundation. Dan Rascon caught up to the truck as it delivered food to students at Kearns Jr. High, where 30% of the student population are kids in need.

Faltan sólo unas semanas para la Navidad y para familias de escasos recursos que luchan cada semana para satisfacer las necesidades básicas esta fecha puede ser un poco difícil ya que probablemente no hay presupuesto para comprar regalos para los niños.

Santa Claus has an extension of his workshop right here in Salt Lake City. With room after room overflowing with toys, blankets, books and more, the volunteers at this workshop work furiously to fill thousands of “Santa Sacks” for the neediest students in Granite School District.

The Granite Education Foundation honored The Salvation Army Salt Lake City Corps Nov. 9, for providing assistance to families in need during the holiday season. The Foundation annually recognizes Utah organizations that have made a difference.

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. 65% of the students in Granite live below the poverty line.

The gift of the 36-foot refrigerated truck dubbed "Rocky," which will deliver food to Granite District schools, was made possible through a partnership among the Granite Education Foundation, Granite Credit Union and Utah Food Bank.

A new mobile food pantry will help ensure kids in the Granite School District have enough to eat. The Granite Education Foundation, the district’s non-profit arm unveiled a new truck today that will bring groceries to kids to take home.

To continue combating the hunger crisis, Granite Education Foundation and Granite Credit Union generously donated the funds for a mobile food pantry truck to service the school district through a partnership with Utah Food Bank.

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