Inside the Story: Davis School District aims to fight student hunger with food programs

Inside the Story: Davis School District aims to fight student hunger with food programs (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — A school superintendent is on a mission to make sure every student in his district has food to eat.

"We want to create a 'no hunger zone' in the Davis School District," said Reid Newey, the new superintendent for the Davis School District.

Newey is a former Utah State University basketball star. He also knows what it's like to need to use free lunch programs.

When he was 12 years old, his dad lost his job. There were six kids at home.

"I remember standing in those lines to get my free lunch tickets," Newey recalled. "It bothered me at first, but like any teenage kid--particularly a boy--I just wanted to eat and have it taken care of."

That's why he started a mobile pantry program in his district, and set up food pantries in several high schools.

"We want kids to know that when they are with us, that's how it's going to be--none of them are going to go hungry," Newey said.

One of those food pantries is at Clearfield High School, where one in four students are on free or reduced lunch.

"It's hard to focus in school as a child when you're hungry," said Zoey Nell, a student body officer at the school.

Nell uses the free lunch program.

"My mom and stepdad work really hard to make ends meet, but with four kids in the house, it's a bit difficult," she said.

She and other student body officers have been busy setting up Clearfield High's food pantry, where students can grab food for them, and their families, when school is out.

"I think it's amazing," Nell said. "I think it's going to make a huge difference in the lives of a lot of students."

The Clearfield Cares food pantry is now in full operation at the school.

These efforts go right along with KUTV's Souper Bowl of Caring program to fight child hunger. To donate, visit this link.