Cottonwood Heights

Seokhee moved to the U.S. from Korea when he was just 10 years old.

As a single mother without child support, Seokhee’s mom had a difficult time providing for her family. Seokhee and his sister were eligible for the National School Lunch Program and used it all throughout elementary, middle, and high school. Even when Seokhee had to sacrifice things like playing hockey in high school, he was still able to have filling meals at school.

“The word that keeps coming to my head is comfort,” said Seokhee. He wasn’t limited to peanut butter and jelly every day. He was able to have choices just like everyone else and felt like he fit in with his friends at school. “I felt like part of the group being able to have lunches with my friends.” Seokhee feels that the program was always really convenient and helpful. He is grateful for the help that it provided him and his sister in their growing up years.