Fresh n’ Lean pays off $10K in school lunch debt for Riverside students

As part of their #freshstart campaign, the company contributed $10,000 to the Riverside Unified School District in Riverside, CA to pay for unpaid student lunch debt for 90 students.
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Eating healthy is important at any age, especially so for children.

As part of the #freshstart campaign, Fresh n’ Lean recently contributed $10,000 to the Riverside Unified School District’s Nutrition Services Department to cover unpaid lunch debt for 90 students.

The Nutrition Services Department prioritizes healthy meal options that are locally sourced. All of the California school district’s elementary schools feature salad bars that vary by site, season, and availability, giving students an opportunity to develop lifelong healthy eating habits at a young age.

“School meal programs like the one at Riverside Unified School District are vital to providing nourishing meal options to students who might otherwise be at risk of going hungry,” said Fresh n’ Lean co-CEO Thomas Asseo. “The right diet is key for physical and mental growth, and it helps students do their best in the classroom. The company is happy to support growing kids and help with their school lunch debt”

While the school receives funding from state and federal sources, the school meals program must be self-sustaining in order to continue, said Essie Vargas, Account Supervisor for the district’s Nutrition Services Department.

“Our goal is to make wholesome, nutritious, and tasty meals available to all school children, with the expectation that families that can afford to contribute will pay for their children’s meals,” Vargas said.

Fresh n’ Lean’s donation will be applied to unpaid balances at the end of the school year.

The school district’s efforts reinforce Fresh n’ Lean’s mission to ensure that hearty, nourishing meals are available for everyone.

Fresh n’ Lean’s #freshstart initiative is committed to helping people discover, implement and maintain a proper diet to help them achieve their goals in 2020. For more information on making your own #freshstart in 2020, check out Fresh n’ Lean on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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