Austin Public Schools is excited to announce that Hormel Foods has made a $10,000 donation to The Lunch Tray Project.

“We are extremely thankful for the incredible donations from Hormel Foods,” says Austin Superintendent Dr. Joey Page. “Throughout the years, Hormel Foods has been very generous in their support of our students, and donations like these mean the world to our families.”

“We are so very thankful for this generous gift that will impact so many students and families,” says Mary Weikum, Austin’s Director for Food and Nutrition Services. “We know that having healthy meals improves academic success and donations like this are going directly to help our students and their families.”

The Lunch Tray Project began during the 2018-2019 school year and was designed to help support families whose income places them just outside the threshold for free lunches.

“In Austin, we have a number of families that don’t qualify but by such a small amount that paying for lunches is still a challenge,” says Weikum. “We use the funds to fill their meal accounts for the year, so they don’t need to worry about paying for lunches. It just helps to take one more worry off their plate.”

Since its inception, the project has helped more than forty families, and generous donations like this will help to increase its reach.

“In our first year, we were able to help sixteen students,” says Weikum, “and we’re excited to see how many we can help this year. This support for The Lunch Tray Project reaffirms how our community takes care of our children and supports families, which is what makes it a special place to live.”

To learn more about The Lunch Tray Project, or to make a donation, please visit

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