New Free Lunch Program to Pick up Where the Other Left Off

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - More hungry kids than ever before.

Megan Irby: "Over the last year and a half I've been battling with a broken fibula."

Megan Irby is a mom of 4, and with a broken leg, her family is only living on her husband's income.

"In times like this, it's great to know that we have that option whereas maybe I didn't make it to the store cause I can't drive, and my kids don't have something. They can walk to the park a few blocks away, and my older son can bring them so they can have a nutritious lunch."

University Park is just one of 7 locations kids can get free lunch, thanks to the United Way and St Joseph's Social Care.

A spokesperson from United Way says about 120 kids come to this park every day for free lunch, but the program ends on Friday.

Because the need is so huge, another place is picking it up for a little longer.

Starting Monday for the first time, United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks is filling the gap between the end of the traditional "Summer Lunch Program" and the start of school.

A spokesperson for them says they felt the need for free lunch is so large this year that it needs a few extra weeks.

"Everything happens in life, sometimes things come up, people can't always afford maybe 3 good meals a day. So this is definitely something beneficial for everyone in Grand Forks," says Irby.

For a list of all the free lunch locations, or to help out, click here.


Source: (7/27/17)