Arby's Fundraiser Helps Student Lunch Debt

Arby's Fundraiser Helps Debt
Posted on 05/25/2023
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The Arby’s Foundation has contributed to paying down student lunch debt in a big way for Weakley County Schools.

Guests at Arby’s in Martin who chose to donate $1 during the restaurant’s fundraising campaign helped raise the funds that went toward a $5,000 donation to the Weakley County School Nutrition Department to help pay down student lunch debt.
While the donations will help, the district’s overall student lunch debt soared to an all-time high this school year. The current debt totals approximately $16,000. Students who do not have lunch money may still eat lunch each day using the ‘charge’ method.
Director of Schools Nutrition Trista Snider is very grateful for the support.
“We are beyond appreciative of our partnership with Arby’s in Martin and the Arby’s Foundation. The caring individuals who donate to the restaurant’s fundraisers throughout the year may not realize the positive impact that they are having in the lives of students and families. If you’ve ever donated, or if you plan to donate in the future, you are helping feed local children. Thank you so much,” said Snider.
Martin Arby’s Manager Jewelia Hazelwood is thankful for the contributions from caring individuals who donate to their fundraising campaigns.
“We would like to thank all of our guests who choose to donate $1 during our fundraiser campaigns. Their donations are what create the funds that are donated to our communities. Since 1986, the Arby's Foundation has donated over $100 million to organizations that fight childhood hunger in the United States. We are proud to be in Martin where we are able to make an impact on the lives of children and families in Weakley County,” said Hazlewood.
Assistant Director of Schools Betsi Foster explained that the halt on federal funding that supported free meals in schools has had a negative financial impact on families.
“For the last two years, school cafeterias across the nation were provided federal funding to serve every student a free breakfast and free lunch each day. This school year, that provision ended, and paid meals resumed. While our district still provides free breakfast and assumes the associated costs, federal funding doesn’t cover the entire cost of lunch meals. That said, every hungry student is offered lunch in our school each day – whether they have lunch money in hand or not,” said Foster.
If you are interested in contributing to student lunch debt, contact the Weakley County School Nutrition Department by calling (731) 364-3347.
For more about Weakley County Schools, visit

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# Pictured from L to R: Arby's Staff Member Annie Alexander, Arby's Manager Jewelia Hazelwood, Staff Member Tyler Weatherford, Schools Nutrition Director Trista Snider, Staff Member Allison Lee, Staff Member Michaela Majors
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