Minot Public School district received a healthy start to the new year when Economy Hotel Minot presented it with a generous donation towards paying off their ongoing lunch debt.
The district serves over 6,000 meals each day, including breakfast and lunch. On average, 80 students rely on the Minot Public School District, daily, for assistance to pay. While no student is denied a meal if they can't pay, the cost gets charged back to the school district, which in turn reduces the budget available for other necessary services.
On Jan 9th, SGH paid off $2,500 towards the district's $6,900 debt, in hopes of lightening the burdens for students and their parents at the start of 2020. The check was authorized by Economy Hotel CEO Ali Jamal and presented by SGH staff, including Area Manager Lisa Hollomon, General Manager of Economy Hotel Minot Rebecca Minnifield, and Assistant General Manager Jackie Evans.
"This is going to help with affording better food options and equipment," said Nutrition Services Representative Leann Tennyson.
Lunch at the school costs $2.50, or 40 cents if a student qualifies for reduced lunch. Students are allowed to bring their own lunch, however Tennyson explains this is not happening. "They'll just go hungry to class," said Tennyson.